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North Korea is "ready to react to any mode of war desired by the U.S."

North Korea is "ready to react to any mode of war desired by the U.S."North Korea has said it will defend itself "by powerful force of arms" in response to the U.S. deployment of a Navy strike group to the Korean peninsula, BBC said on Tuesday.

The foreign ministry, quoted by state news agency KCNA, said the deployment showed "reckless moves for invading" and "reached a serious phase".

The U.S. Pacific Command says it is aimed at maintaining readiness in the region. President Trump has said the U.S. is prepared to act alone to deal with the nuclear threat from North Korea.

Meanwhile, South Korea and China, North Korea's closest ally, have warned of more stringent sanctions if Pyongyang conducts more missile tests.

The Carl Vinson Strike Group comprises an aircraft carrier and other warships. It was due to make port calls in Australia but instead has been diverted from Singapore to the west Pacific, where it recently conducted exercises with the South Korean Navy.

"We will hold the U.S. wholly accountable for the catastrophic consequences to be entailed by its outrageous actions," said the foreign ministry statement quoted by KCNA.

"The DPRK is ready to react to any mode of war desired by the U.S.," the statement said.

The U.S. naval deployment showed North Korea had been right to develop nuclear weapons capability for use in self-defence or in a pre-emptive strike, the statement added.

On Monday, China's envoy for the Korean peninsula, Wu Dawei met with South Korea's foreign minister and top nuclear envoy.

Korean officials told reporters that the two countries had agreed to enact "strong additional measures" if North Korea conducts further nuclear or missile tests.

China, which is North Korea's economic lifeline, has already imposed economic sanctions including a ban on all imports of North Korean coal since February.

Meanwhile, South Korea, U.S. and Japan are arranging a meeting later this month to coordinate a joint response to North Korea.

Addressing its missile tests, North Korea says it is provoked by military exercises between the U.S. and South Korea, which it sees as preparation for an invasion.
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