North Korea holds drill to mark military anniversary day

South Korea's navy has said it plans to hold a joint drill with the US strike group late this month.

The Ohio-class, nuclear-powered submarine sailed into Busan for what the Navy said was a routine visit during a regularly scheduled deployment to the western Pacific.

But he also criticized Beijing for repeatedly refusing to use its influence to bring North Korea to the negotiating table and curb what McCain considers Pyongyang's bellicose behavior.

Speculation was rife that Pyongyang may conduct its sixth nuclear test or launch a long-range ballistic missile to mark its military event.

The newspaper reported that the submarine is likely to act as a deterrent to the 1.3 million-strong Korean People's Army, the founding of which North Korea celebrates on April 25 each year.

"The council must be prepared to impose additional and stronger sanctions on North Korean nuclear and ballistic missile programs". A US pre-emptive attack isn't likely, American officials have said, and the Trump White House has settled on a strategy of increasing pressure on North Korea with the help of China.

"We're ready, and we are committed to the (South Korea)-U.S. alliance", he said in brief remarks to reporters after a ceremony at the Army's Yongsan U.S. Army garrison in Seoul. USS Michigan The US submarine has docked in South Korea in a show of force amid growing concern over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programmes.

The missile-armed USS Michigan is set to join an incoming group of warships led by aircraft carrier Carl Vinson.

In a separate statement, the South Korean President's Office said a meeting had been held to discuss the situation.

Trump sent the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier strike group for exercises off the Korean peninsula as a warning to Pyongyang, but US officials say sanctions, not military strikes, are the preferred option.




The U.S. bolstered its military presence around the peninsula as a warning against a North Korean provocation.

A senior Republican senator says he emerged from a dinner meeting with Donald Trump confident the president will not allow North Korea to build a nuclear-tipped missile capable of striking the United States.

The Rodong Sinmun - the official mouthpiece of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea - carried several photos of the drill in a three-page spread.

The South's Yonhap news agency cited a government source as saying the exercise was the North's "largest ever" and presumed to have been overseen by leader Kim Jong-Un.

In an unusual move, the entire US Senate has been asked to attend a briefing on North Korea on Wednesday at the White House.

North Korea's foreign ministry called USA attempts to make Pyongyang give up its nuclear weapons through military threats and sanctions "a wild dream" and like "sweeping the sea with a broom".

Harris testified before a pair of Trump administration briefings on the North Korea crisis.

"People have put blindfolds on for decades, and now it's time to solve the problem".

An official from the South's Ministry of National Defense said Washington appears to be "weighing the options" on when to deploy its group to domestic waters, and that a key variant was North Korea's behavior.

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