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"One is the distinct possibility of a sixth North Korean nuclear weapons detonation and the other is an American carrier strike group, a great deal of firepower headed right at the Korean Peninsula." The U. is aware that simply preparing an attack, even if it will only be launched if there is an "imminent" North Korean action, increases the danger of provoking a large conflict, multiple sources told NBC News."It’s high stakes," a senior intelligence official directly involved in the planning told NBC News.
China has since sent its top nuclear negotiators to Pyongyang to communicate the gravity of the situation to the North, officials say. The sources stress that Seoul has got to be persuaded that action is worth the risk, as there is universal concern that any military move might provoke a North Korean attack, even a conventional attack across the DMZ. Related: Could North Korea Hit Japan With Sarin Nerve Gas Missiles?If tabloid headlines are to be believed, North Korean strongman Kim Jong Un will host a matchmaking contest—modeled after dating game shows popular in the West—to marry off younger sister Kim Yo Jong.“Kim Jong Un to launch ‘Take Me Out’–style matchmaking contest to find a husband for his spinster sister,” reported the Sun, a British tabloid.On Wednesday, President Xi called for a peaceful resolution to the escalating tensions. Tensions have escalated on the Korean Peninsula, as this Saturday marks the anniversary of the birth of the nation's founder — Kim il-Sung, grandfather of the current leader, Kim Jong-un. S., sources told NBC News, there are fears North Korea could mark the "Day of the Sun" by testing a nuclear device. intelligence community has reported with "moderate confidence" that North Korea is preparing for its sixth underground nuclear test, though the U. The Trump administration, emboldened by their punishing strike on Syria, and by a successful meeting with the Chinese leader, hopes that the Chinese will use their considerable leverage to dissuade Kim Jong UN and his government from moving ahead with their nuclear program.Moscow has weighed in as well: "We are gravely concerned about Washington’s plans regarding North Korea, considering hints about the unilateral use of a military scenario" the Putin government said in a press release issued on Tuesday. "North Korea in the past has used these major national holidays to celebrate the strengths of the regime and to reinforce the national narrative of their independence," says Cha. President Trump has said he thinks Xi "wants to help us with North Korea," He credited China during Thursday’s White House news conference with Xi with taking a "big step" by turning back boats of coal that North Korea sells to China.
The story in part echoes quotations and anecdotes reported by a South Korean daily two days earlier.