Growing global concerns over DPRK’s next move

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Heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula are causing global anxiety and leading to a flurry of activity among international powers.

CGTN’s Jessica Stone reports.

Growing global concerns over DPRK's next move

Heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula are causing global anxiety and leading to a flurry of activity among international powers. CGTN's Jessica Stone reports.

Tuesday is the 85th anniversary of the Korean People’s Army, the type of occasion when Pyongyang has been known to launch missiles or even test nuclear weapons.

Another concern – the continuing military buildup in almost every direction. To the north, China’s military is conducting training drills on the border.

The National Defense Ministry said they are routine.

“China believes the international community has definitely seen Chinese peaceful efforts to resolve the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula since the issue broke out,” said Lu Kang, Spokesperson for China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Also to the north, reports that Moscow is moving troops and equipment closer to the DPRK border.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met his Russian counterpart to discuss the situation.

The Kremlin said social media footage of troop movements in Russia’s Far Eastern Military district are part of scheduled maneuvers.

To the South, Seoul and Washington, D.C. continue annual military exercises that infuriate Pyongyang and have in the past provoked threats and missile tests.

“It is a situation where lots of drill equipment are gathered in North Korea and lots of strategic assets are also deployed to the Korean Peninsula because of our South Korea-U.S. military drills,” Lee Duk-Haeng of the ROK Unification Ministry said.

As an extra precaution, the U.S. Air Force has sent extra assets to the region, including a plane that can detect debris from a nuclear blast.

The U.S. Navy also said the USS Carl Vinson carrier strike group is on its way to the Korean peninsula.

The group’s commander posted on Facebook that his ship’s deployment was extended to quote, “provide a persistent presence” in Korean waters.

After describing the DPRK as a menace for Beijing, U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted Friday: “China is very much the economic lifeline to North Korea so, while nothing is easy if they want to solve the North Korean problem, they will.”

The White House plans to brief Senators on its strategy to reduce DPRK nuclear tensions next week.