fiery warning from North Korea to the US on Tuesday. State media calling for, quote, catastrophic consequences in response to any further moves by the United States after an American Navy strike team was sent to waters off the Korean Peninsula. Pyongyang went on to say the North is ready for any mode of war desired by Washington, and refusal by Donald Trump's top aides to rule out preemptive strikes justifies North Korea's nuclear program.
China and South Korean diplomats met Monday to talk about the tension on their borders, vowing to slap tougher sanctions on the North in the event of a missile or nuclear test. Under President Trump, the US is taking a tougher stance. Its naval show of force adding to last week's strike on Syria, which Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called a warning against North Korea.
Pressure's on ahead of the most important day on Pyongyang's calendar, the birthday of the nation's founder and current leader's grandfather, Kim Il-sung. The country has a history of marking the holiday with weapons trials, and satellite images suggest Kim Jong-un may celebrate by staging a sixth nuclear test.