North Korea has warned America to end its "military hysteria" or face retaliation - as a USA strike group, including an aircraft carrier, steams towards the region.
"The Trump administration, which made a surprise guided cruise-missile strike on Syria on April 6, has entered the path of open threat and blackmail", the North's KCNA news agency quoted the military as saying in a statement.
White House officials said they were hopeful that China could dissuade its communist neighbour from conducting a nuclear explosion or a missile test. He was known for his motto, "The most expensive thing in the world is a cheap Army and Navy", insisting on USA military strength and preparedness.
North Korea's official name is the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
Having found itself alongside Bashar Al-Assad, Vladimir Putin, and ISIS on President Donald Trump's ever-growing shit list, North Korea is seizing the opportunity to let the world know that it's ready to throw down.
Pyongyang says the military exercises are practice for an invasion of North Korea, and has warned of a nuclear attack on the United States in retaliation for any signs of aggression.
Thousands were expected to descend on the streets of the capital as the nation marks the 1912 birth of Kim Il Sung, grandfather of Kim Jong Un.
Wang last month urged North Korea to suspend its nuclear weapon and missile tests in exchange for South Korea and the USA putting their war games on hold, reviving a proposal first raised by Pyongyang.
"We will hold the USA wholly accountable for the catastrophic consequences to be entailed by its outrageous actions", a DPRK foreign ministry spokesman said in response.
Does this shift include North Korea is the question as tensions on the Korean peninsula have escalated over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile testing program in violation of UN Security Council resolutions.
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"We will go to war" if the USA provokes us, the official explained, adding, "We've got a powerful nuclear deterrent already in our hands, and we certainly will not keep our arms crossed in the face of" a USA strike. "We will go to war if they choose", he added.
Experts believe North Korea now has about 10 nuclear weapons, and enough nuclear material to make 100 more.
"This was the right weapon against the right target", said General John Nicholson, Commander of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan.
A White House foreign policy adviser said yesterday that the USA is assessing military options in response to North Korea's weapons programme.
The North's display of the strategic weapons to the world is apparently aimed at boasting of its military firepower as the US continues to deploy high-profile defense assets near the peninsula.
"North Korea is a problem, the problem will be taken care of", he said.
The USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier is in western Pacific. He also said their nuclear program was non-negotiable.
But U.S. officials told The Associated Press on Friday that the Trump administration had settled on a policy that will emphasize increasing pressure on Pyongyang with the help of China, North Korea's only major ally, instead of military options or trying to overthrow Kim's regime.
North Korean state carrier Air Koryo offers regular service between Pyongyang and the Chinese cities of Beijing and Shenyang. An official from South Korea's Defense Ministry couldn't immediately confirm whether the rocket was a new ICBM. Analysts, citing satellite images of the Punggye-ri nuclear test site, suspect that North Korea may celebrate the important national day with a sixth nuclear test.
Rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula could soon result in devastating war, China's foreign minister warned Friday.