China urges United States and North Korea to refrain from provoking each other

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USA vice president Mike Spence is due to travel to South Korea on Sunday for a 10-day trip to Asia that was planned before the Syrian missile strike.

Rows of military bands and goose-stepping and sword-wielding soldiers marched through Pyongyang's main Kim Il-sung square for the "Day of the Sun" celebrations, as a black-suited Kim Jong-un watched on. He then walked up to a podium and clapped with senior government officials to address the thousands of soldiers and a massive crowd taking part in the parade at Kim Il Sung Square.

North Korea recently test-fired four ballistic missiles and claims it's close to perfecting an intercontinental ballistic missile and nuclear warhead capable of reaching the US mainland.

The Trump administration still has not ruled out military options in dealing with North Korea, according to the Times, and on Saturday, North Korean officials continued its tough talk against the United States.

Soldiers carry flowers as they arrive to pay respects at the statues of North Korea founder Kim Il Sung and late leader Kim Jong Il Friday in Pyongyang North Korea
China urges United States and North Korea to refrain from provoking each other

Kim Jong Un has engaged in a war of words with President Trump amid recent missile tests. On Thursday, NBC reported that "multiple senior USA intelligence officials" had said that the US was prepared "to launch a preemptive strike with conventional weapons against North Korea should officials become convinced that North Korea is about to follow through with a nuclear weapons test".

"The time for action is now and by that we need to look at ways to put increased pressure on North Korea in order for it to recognize the reality that it needs to pursue de-nuclearisation", State Department spokesman Mark Toner said on Thursday.

And nearly a month ago, on a swing through Asia, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson seemed to suggest that the USA was considering a preemptive strike against North Korea.

North Korean school children perform at the Mangyongdae Children's Palace in Pyongyang while an image of their late leader Kim Il-sung is projected on a screen Friday, April 14, 2017.

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Weapons analysts said they believed some of the missiles on display were new types of intercontinental ballistic missiles. US satellite imagery suggests the country could conduct another underground nuclear test at any time.

North Korea also showcased short-range missiles Saturday that could threaten its neighbors in Asia.

U.S. aircraft carrier Carl Vinson, surrounded by a fleet of U.S. warships, was sent toward the Korean Peninsula in advance of this weekend's festivities in Pyongyang.

The move, coupled with the USA retaliatory strikes last week against Syria over a chemical weapons attack on civilians, and the depoyment of a huge bomb against IS positions in Afghanistan earlier this week, touched off fear in South Korea that the United States was preparing for military action against the North.

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Displaying more than one of the missiles indicates North Korea is progressing with its plan to base a missile on a submarine, which are hard to detect, said Joshua Pollack, editor of the Washington-based Nonproliferation Review.

The reports surfaced while the biggest ever joint military exercises between the US and South Korea are still ongoing.

Per the report, those officials said that the United States has two destroyers in the area which are capable of launching Tomahawk cruise missiles, and USA heavy bombers are also positioned in Guam.

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