North Korea Says Detained American Had Intended To 'Subvert The Country'

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North Korea's state media published a rare criticism of China on Wednesday, accusing Chinese state media commentaries of undermining its relations with Beijing and worsening current tensions on the peninsula.

Trump has suggested military action could be on the table in the past but on Monday seemed to soften his message, saying he would be "honoured" to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un under the right conditions.

North Korea has confirmed the detention of another American citizen for alleged acts aimed at overthrowing the country.

"The DPRK will never beg for the maintenance of friendship with China, risking its nuclear programme which is as precious as its own life", it said, referring to the North by its official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Kim is accused of committing "hostile criminal acts with an aim to subvert the country".

The KCNA commentary charged that the Chinese articles had attempted to shift the blame to Pyongyang for "deteriorated relations" between China and North Korea and USA deployment of strategic assets to the region.

This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed. North Korea issued a rare direct criticism of China Wednesday, May 3, through a commentary saying its "reckless remarks" on the North's nuclear program are testing its patience and could trigger unspecified "grave" consequences.

"As Russia has close economic links with other countries at odds with the West, like Iran, Venezuela and Syria, this symbolic dimension of the Russia-North Korea relationship has strategic significance".

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"We told them we're watching what you're doing, when we see you not implementing, we see companies, we see individuals that are violating these sanctions, we're going to contact you, we're going to ask you to take care of it", Tillerson said.

But ties have begun to fray in recent years, with China increasingly exasperated by the North's nuclear antics, fearful of a regional crisis. China, North Korea's main supplier, is unlikely to agree because that would be potentially destabilising for the Pyongyang regime, but it may impose curbs on the trade, experts say.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday that Washington was working on more sanctions against North Korea if Pyongyang takes steps that merit a new response.

Trump has urged other Asian countries to help pressure North Korea and spoke last weekend with the leaders of Thailand, Singapore and the Philippines. It is unique in the North for its large number of foreign staff.

He is now the third American being detained in North Korea. The North Korean commentary said it's China that crossed "the red line".

North Korea called the exercise a "reckless military provocation", claiming they were pushing the region to "the brink of nuclear war".

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