In an editorial on Saturday, North Korea's Minju Joson newspaper said that the US "finds itself in an ever worsening dilemma, being thrown into the grip of extreme security unrest by the DPRK. While force remains on the table, this path where the worldwide community increases pressure on North Korea must be tried first", said Soderberg. For one, they didn't want to put somebody in a corner. North Korea dominated the conversation between the two leaders, according to a readout of the call.
During a call Saturday morning (local time, Friday night time american), Mr. Xi has called on the parties to the "restraint" and to "persist in the general direction of the dialogue, negotiations and a political settlement", said chinese State television CCTV. China is the North's biggest economic partner and source of aid, but says it alone can't compel Pyongyang to end its nuclear and missile programs.
In response, Japan began on Saturday to deploy its missile defense system Patriot, after threats from Pyongyang. However, the upcoming joint military exercises between Seoul and Washington, during which tensions on the Korean peninsula tend to worsen, start soon, around the 21st of August.
The ministry did not confirm whether Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera has already issued an order to shoot down incoming missiles.
On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump told reporters that North Korea should stop threatening the United States, otherwise Washington will answer with "fire and fury the likes of which the world has never seen".
Asked Friday if the US was going to war, he said cryptically, "I think you know the answer to that".