TENSE STAND-OFF: The U.S. dispatched a naval strike group to the area amid continued missile launches and hot rhetoric from North KoreaNow North Korea warns it is 'ready for war' after U.S. deployed an armada of warships to waters off the Korean Peninsula
- North Korea has warned the country is ready for war as tensions grow
- The U.S. deployed an armada of warships to the Korean Peninsula
- A spokesperson for the DPRK foreign ministry sounded the warning in response
Harrowing pictures bring to life the horrifying realities of the Korean War, including an image of a young child whose father had been killed.
The pictures have re-emerged at a time of heightened tension between the US and North Korea following a successful missile test last Tuesday.
The Korean War was fought between June 1950 and July 1953 after North Korea, led by Kim Il-sung – grandfather of current despot leader Kim Jong-un – invaded its southern neighbor.
The US came to support the South, while China supported the North with assistance from the Soviet Union.
The war claimed hundreds of thousands of lives, including more than two million civilians and more than 36,000 US troops.
More than 5.7million US troops were sent to war in Korea during the three year conflict, and 36,574 were killed, according to official figures.
A further 103,000 were wounded during the brutal campaign, which followed the invasion by North Korea of its southern neighbor.
A Korean family mourns their murdered father, victim of the wholesale murder at Jeonju by North Korean troops during the three year conflict, which claimed more than two million lives
Prisoners are assembled at one of the United Nations' prisoner-of-war camps at Pusan during the Korean War, which began after North Korea, led by Kim Il-sung – grandfather of current despot leader Kim Jong-un – invaded its southern neighbor
Injured US soldier Thomas Conlon, from the 21st Infantry Regiment, lies on a stretcher at a medical aid station after being wounded while crossing the Naktong River in Korea
Two North Korean boys, serving in the North Korean Army, taken prisoner in the Sindang-dong area by elements of the 389th Inf. Regiment, are interrogated by a U.S. soldier shortly after their capture in September 1950
Engineers carry an aluminum half-pontoon , weighing 1,740 pounds, to the water at a raft-building site in November 1952 during the conflict in the Korean peninsula
Four US F4U's (Corsairs) returning from a combat mission over North Korea circling the USS Boxer as they wait for planes in the next strike to be launched from her flight deck in September 1951
The wreckage of a bridge and North Korean Communist tank south of Suwon, Korea. The tank was caught on a bridge and put out of action by the US Air Force
A soldier from the 378th Engineer Utility Detachment controls the spray switch on a tar sprinkler in October 1952
More than 5.7million US troops were sent to war in Korea during the three year conflict, and 36,574 were killed, according to official figures
Troops from the 2nd Platoon, of B Company of the 10th Engineer Battalion check a tank for booby-traps and the area for mines in October 1951
The war claimed hundreds of thousands of lives, including more than two million civilians and more than 36,000 US troops
A soldier from the ROK Army eating lunch in a war-destroyed house in Munsan-ni, Korea, as a field ration made in Japan for the ROK Army is shown unpacked in July 1951
Colonel James Murray Jr and Colonel Chang Chun San, of the North Korean Communist Army, initial maps showing the north and south boundaries of the demarcation zone, during the Panmunjom ceasefire talks in October 1951
Moment of levity: Members of the 92nd Engineer Searchlight Company focus on yodeler Elton Britt during the Camel Caravan variety show at Hongchon, Korea in June 1951
Marines from the First Marine Division pay their respects to fallen comrades during memorial services at the division's cemetery at Hamhung, Korea, in December 1950
North Korean prisoners, taken by the Marines in a foothills fight, march single file across a rice paddy in 1950
North Korea has warned the country is ready for war after the U.S. deployed an armada of warships to waters off the Korean Peninsula.A spokesman for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) foreign ministry condemned the U.S. Navy's order.'This goes to prove that the U.S. reckless moves for invading the DPRK have reached a serious phase,' he said, the state-run news agency reported, according to AFP.'The DPRK is ready to react to any mode of war desired by the U.S.
- Department of Defense images shed light on the brutal conflict, which happened between 1950 and 1953
- The war began when Kim Il-sung - grandfather of Kim Jong-un - invaded neighbor South Korea
- More than 5.7million US troops were sent to the Korean peninsula during the conflict, with 36,000 killed
A row of F18 fighter jets on the deck of the USS Carl Vinson are pictured
The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, the guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer and the guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain are pictured in March this year'We will hold the U.S. wholly accountable for the catastrophic consequences to be entailed by its outrageous actions.' The spokesman said North Korea would respond to the 'provocateurs' with a 'powerful force of arms'.'We will take the toughest counteraction against the provocateurs in order to defend ourselves by powerful force of arms,' the foreign ministry spokesman said, according to KCNA.The statement from Pyongyang comes as tensions on the divided peninsula are already high because of U.S.-South Korea wargames now underway and recent ballistic missile tests by the North. Pyongyang sees the annual maneuvers as a dress rehearsal for invasion, while the North's long-range missile launches are a violation of U.N. resolutions.Aircraft carrier Carl Vinson and its wing of fighter jets were scheduled to make port visits in Australia but were diverted to waters off North Korea after the country conducted more missile testing.
President Donald Trump's national security adviser General HR McMaster on Sunday said North Korea was engaging in 'provocative behaviour'US Navy moves the USS Carl Vinson strike group towards Korea
North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is pictured earlier this month. A spokesperson for the regime's foreign ministry says they are ready for war
The Chinese army has reportedly deployed 150,000 troops to the North Korean border to prepare for pre-emptive attacks after the United States dropped airstrikes on Syria.
President Donald Trump's missile strike on Syria on Friday was widely interpreted as a warning to North Korea.
And now China, left shocked by the air strikes, has deployed medical and backup units from the People's Liberation Army forces to the Yalu River, Korea's Chosun.com reported.
The troops have been dispatched to handle North Korean refugees and 'unforeseen circumstances', such as the prospect of preemptive attacks on North Korea, the news agency said.
China's top nuclear envoy arrived in Seoul on Monday for talks on the North Korean threat, as the United States sent the naval strike group to the region and signalled it may act to shut down Pyongyang's weapons program.
Speculation of an imminent nuclear test is brewing as the North marks major anniversaries including the 105th birthday of its founding leader on Saturday - sometimes celebrated with a demonstration of military might.
Wu Dawei, China's Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Affairs, met with his South Korean counterpart on Monday to discuss the nuclear issue.
Mr Trump hosted Chinese leader Xi Jinping for a summit at which he pressed Pyongyang's key ally to do more to curb the North's nuclear ambitions
'(We) are prepared to chart our own course if this is something China is just unable to coordinate with us,' US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said after the summit (Mr Trump pictured with Xi Jinping)
The talks come shortly after Mr Trump hosted Chinese leader Xi Jinping for a summit at which he pressed Pyongyang's key ally to do more to curb the North's nuclear ambitions.
'(We) are prepared to chart our own course if this is something China is just unable to coordinate with us,' US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said after the summit.
He added however that Beijing had indicated a willingness to act on the issue.
'We need to allow them time to take actions,' Tillerson said, adding that Washington had no intention of attempting to remove the regime of Kim Jong-Un.
The meeting between Xi and Trump came on the heels of yet another missile test by the North, which fired a medium-range ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan on Wednesday.
Pyongyang is on a quest to develop a long-range missile capable of hitting the US mainland with a nuclear warhead, and has so far staged five nuclear tests, two of them last year.
Mr Trump is pictured with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Florida on Friday
Satellite imagery analysis suggests it could be preparing for a sixth, with US intelligence officials warning that Pyongyang could be less than two years away from its goal of striking the continental United States.
China, the US, South Korea and Japan all have dedicated envoys who meet at regular intervals to discuss the North Korean issue: a legacy of the long-stalled six-party process that also involved Pyongyang and Moscow. The North quit the negotiations in 2009.
The isolated North is barred under UN resolutions from any use of ballistic missile technology, but repeated rounds of sanctions have failed to arrest its nuclear ambitions.
Trump has previously threatened unilateral action against the reclusive state, a threat that appeared more palpable after Thursday's strike on a Syrian airfield following an apparent chemical attack.
President Donald Trump's national security adviser General HR McMaster on Sunday said North Korea was engaging in 'provocative behaviour'.
'This is a rogue regime that is now a nuclear-capable regime. The president has asked to be prepared to give him a full range of options to remove that threat to the American people and to our allies and partners in the region,'
For national leaders around the world — and above all in Asia — there is a war-games scenario that chills the blood.
Bringing out the big guns: US deploys hi-tech anti-ballistic missiles in South Korea prompting threats of 'actual war' from Kim Jong-un's regime
- Two missile systems were flown into Osan Air Base overnight on board a massive C-17 transport aircraft
- South Korean and US officials said they wanted the defensive system to be operational as soon as possible
- North Korea fired four upgraded ballistic missiles into the sea off the Japanese coast over the weekend
- Pyongyang media reported that North Korean military forces are being kept on a constant war footing
The US prepares to 'incapacitate' Kim: USS Carl Vinson carrying huge fleet of fighter jets arrives in South Korea as military sources reveal plan to 'remove' Jong-un's war chiefs
- USS Carl Vinson arrived at the southern port of Busan, in South Korea, to join the annual joint military exercise
- South Korea military source says heightened presence is part of plan to decapitate North Korean leadership
- Pyongyang has long condemned the annual joint drills - called Foal Eagle - between South Korea and the US
- Tensions have escalated with missile launches from North and assassination of Kim Jong-Un's half-brother
Incredible pictures capture US and South Korean Marines training in a 'show of strength' to the North
Amphibious assault vehicles fired smoke bombs into the air which covered the movements of the marines
- The crack troops crawled along the sand peering into their rifle scopes as others carried mortar launchers
- Annual exercises called Foal Eagle come as tensions with North Korea mount after recent missile testing