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North Korean mock-up birthday video shows missiles blowing up US

Melinda Barton | 21 April, 2017, 19:25

The US response to North Korea took a stunning twist yesterday when it was revealed the USS Carl Vinson carrier group Trump was boasting about was actually heading south.

A full orchestra played the music to accompany the video, which depicts North Korean missiles soaring over the Pacific to engulf the US west coast in flames.

From the wind-swept deck of a massive aircraft carrier, Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday warned North Korea not to test the resolve of the us military, promising it would make an "overwhelming and effective" response to any use of conventional or nuclear weapons.

North Korea has been aggressive in developing and testing its nuclear weapons over the past few years.

China says it is seriously concerned about North Korean nuclear development, in the wake of a BBC interview with a top official from the North.

In March it launched a series of missiles; three of those landed in waters within Japan's exclusive economic zone. It was reported on May 31, 2016, that Pyongyang fired a missile, possibly a Musudan, but the launch appears to have failed.

He added that his company has "no way to monitor and approve the use of the trucks by North Korea". But the vice president expressed impatience with the unwillingness of North Korea to move toward ridding itself of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.

The video comes at a time of high tensions between the USA and North Korea.

Lu Kang, a spokesman of the ministry, said at a briefing, "China objects to any words that could heighten tensions since the current situation on the Korean Peninsula is highly complicated and sensitive". A recent poll showed a bare majority of the country - 51 per cent of those surveyed - approved of THAAD.

Then, the test site went oddly quiet, causing observers to question whether a test was coming at all. Beijing worries THAAD's radar could conduct surveillance on Chinese military activities, in particular on its own missile launches.

Xinhua News Agency reported that the top Chinese diplomat, Yang Jiechi, who is a state councillor, was in discussions with the US secretary of state Rex Tillerson.

During their recent meeting in the U.S., Trump tried to reassure Chinese leader Xi Jinping that the system would not be used to keep an eye on China.

Russia's ambassador to South Korea, Alexander Timonin, told journalists in February that his country considered THAAD a danger. If it's launched high enough in the sky, it can take down the US electricity grid, which in turn shuts off the clean water supply, transportation networks, regional food terminals, and more.

"Cmdr. Benham said the type of missile that was sacked Sunday was still being assessed".

There have been several cases of Chinese companies and banks working with North Korean networks to evade sanctions, Ruggiero argues, and only the threat of United States legal action with halt this.

He further warned the North that "all options are on the table as we continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of South Korea".

The US, Japan, South Korea and China have attempted to reign in the reclusive nation for decades.

Lu Chao, director of the China's Border Studies Institute at the Liaoning Academy of Social Sciences, told the Global Times that the latest test, despite its failure, could be another defiant message from Pyongyang that it will not change its tough stance in the face of United States pressure even though the failure showed that Pyongyang's missile technology was flawed.