In call with Trump, Xi urges 'restraint' on N. Korea

Meanwhile, U.S. commercial satellite images indicated increased activity around North Korea's nuclear test site, while Kim has said that the country's preparation for an ICBM launch is in its "final stage". Visitors flocked to parks, with an increasing number of flowers and trees blooming as spring arrives.

North Korea will celebrate the founding anniversary of the Korean People's Army (KPA) on Tuesday amid speculation that it may conduct its sixth nuclear test or launch a long-range missile.

"The only way to realize denuclearization in the Korean Peninsula and quickly resolve North Korea's nuclear problem is for each relevant party to fulfil its duties".

The United States issued an ultimatum to North Korea early today after the rogue regime threatened to sink an American aircraft carrier sent to the region in response to rising tensions between the two countries.

Meanwhile, two Japanese destroyers joined a military exercise with the USS Carl carrier strike group that is en route to the Korean peninsula region.

"North Korea's unlawful weapons programmes represent a clear, grave threat to U.S. national security".

"We completely agreed that we strongly demand restraint by North Korea, which has repeatedly taken risky provocative actions".

Anxious that the crisis was escalating, China's President Xi Jinping called for "restraint" when dealing with North Korea during a telephone call with Mr Trump yesterday.

When asked what would happen if North Korea tests an intercontinental missile or nuclear device, Haley told NBC: "I think then the president steps in and decides what's going to happen".

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In several television interviews, Nikki Haley praised China's involvement in trying to pressure North Korea to cease missile testing and criticized Pyongyang's leader, Kim Jong Un, as unstable and paranoid.

Under Kim's leadership, North Korea has been aggressively pursuing a decades-long goal of putting a nuclear warhead on an ICBM capable of reaching the US mainland.

China also issued a stern warning earlier this month that a conflict over North Korea could break out "at any moment", as Pyongyang vowed a "merciless" response to any U.S. military action.

On April 15, North Korea offered a fresh look at its advancing nuclear weapons and missiles program in a massive military parade in Pyongyang honoring late state founder Kim Il Sung, the grandfather of the current ruler.

With tensions escalating between the U.S. and North Korea, the Pentagon has called for Pyongyang to avoid destabilising the situation further, officials said.

The displayed military hardware included prototype ICBMs and new midrange solid-fuel missiles that can be fired from land mobile launchers and submarines, making them harder to detect before launch.

Yang Mu-jin, a professor at the University of North Korean Studies in Seoul, said he didn't expect North Korea to do anything serious on Tuesday unless it feels provoked.

In the event of an attack, it said, "The world will witness how Washington's rash nuclear aircraft carriers are turned into a huge pile of steel and buried at sea and how a country called America is wiped out from the Earth".

"The United States should not run amok and should consider carefully any catastrophic effect from its foolish military provocative act", Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the North's ruling Workers' Party, said in a commentary on Monday.

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