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North Korea said that the U.S. President Donald Trump is raising tensions in the region and warned of possible nuclear test. After the verbal exchanges, China said to Washington not to use pre-emptive military action. The international edition of the Guardian writes that in an interview with the Associated Press in Pyongyang, “North Korea’s vice-foreign minister, Han Song-ryol said Trump’s ‘aggressive’ tweets aimed at the regime were ‘causing trouble,’ adding that the mounting crisis on the peninsula was now locked in a ‘vicious cycle.’”
China made a plea against military action in North Korea “before an anticipated sixth nuclear test on Saturday to mark the birth of the country’s founder, Kim Il-sung,” the Guardian reports. The U.S. President Trump said on Thursday that, “he believed” China was now prepared to act. “I have great confidence that China will properly deal with North Korea. If they are unable to do so, the US, with its allies, will!” he wrote on Twitter. Experts doubt “the relationship is sufficiently sturdy for definitive collaboration on North Korea,” between the U.S. and China, the Guardian reports.