"Trump says it's none other than North Korea which makes things complicated, but it's the other way around, it's not the Democratic Republic of North Korea, but the USA which makes problems", said Han Song Ryol, North Korea's Vice Foreign Minister.
The Japanese director-general of the International Atomic Agency, Yukiya Amano, confirmed on Thursday that North Korea's programme is developing and suggested USA policy in the region is "reckless", CNN reports. But the heat has been rising rapidly since Trump took office in January. The president's now more anxious about kooky Kim Jong-un and his nuclear and missile programs-which defense analysts say could one day result in Kim nuking Tokyo or our West Coast. Any fighting on the Korean Peninsula is likely to draw in China, which has repeatedly expressed concerns about a wave of refugees and the possible presence of USA and South Korean troops on its border.
From Twitter threats to Tomahawk missiles, United States president Donald Trump's unorthodox and seemingly impulsive approach to foreign policy has unsettled China, piling new pressure on its hands-off North Korea policy.
North Korea has threatened that if the US launches a preemptive strike, it will use its nuclear weapons.
The Nikkei business daily said government discussions included how to rescue the estimated 57,000 Japanese citizens in South Korea as well as how to cope with a possible flood of North Korean refugees coming to Japan, among whom might be North Korean spies and agents.
Officials gave no details as to the nature of the event or where it would take place, and similar announcements in the past have been linked to relatively low-key set pieces.
Previous years have seen grand military parades, mass celebrations and weapons tests conducted on the "Day of the Sun".
Beijing has repeatedly called for a "dual-track and suspension" approach where the North would stop its nuclear and missile activities in exchange for the United States and South Korea halting military exercises.
The most immediate reaction by North Korea to a strike would likely be massive artillery fire on Seoul and its surroundings, which is home to just more than half of South Korea's 51 million people, according to a report published by Stratfor a year ago.
President Donald Trump tweeted on Tuesday that "North Korea is looking for trouble". "We approve of the USA attitude of keeping all options on the table".
"Trump is always making provocations with his aggressive words", Han said.
Easter weekend weather in N.J. looking warm but unsettled
Main threats will be strong winds and hail, but a tornado or two is also possible in stronger supercells that may develop. A warm front will approach the region and bring an increased chance for thunderstorms for the next several days.
"The objective of a statement like this is not to follow through; the objective is to send a credible signal that would make the North Korean leadership think twice", Stephan Haggard, an expert on the North Korean economy at the University of California, San Diego, said of the Global Times editorial.
He emphasized that the objective in North Korea policy is to achieve the "complete, verifiable and irreversible" denuclearization of the communist state and make its strategic calculus "fundamentally" change. "Whatever comes from USA politicians, if their words are created to overthrow the DPRK system and government, we will categorically reject them".
"We're going to consult with the Republic of Korea on North Korea's efforts to advance its ballistic missile and its nuclear program", a White House foreign policy adviser told reporters.
Han told AP that Pyongyang won't "keep its arms crossed" in the face of a US pre-emptive strike. "Whatever comes from the USA, we will cope with it".
How much such comments are bluster, or how realistic they are, is hard to gauge.
The adviser also said Mr Pence expected to talk about the "belligerence" of North Korea at stops in Tokyo, Jakarta and in Sydney. "China would rather consider reducing crude oil supply", he said.
"Once a war really happens, the result will be nothing but multiple loss. No one can become a victor", Wang said.
Over the past week, Trump ordered air strikes on a Syrian air base in response to a chemical weapon attack and dropped the "mother of all bombs" in Afghanistan, killing 36 ISIS fighters. That attack alarmed the North and was condemned as "unpardonable" by Pyongyang, which counts Syria as an ally.
The Saturday anniversary may provide the world with a look at some of its arsenal.
The ministry said Friday that Han Song Ryol's remarks reveal the "true colors of North Korea's government that is bellicose and a breaker of regulations".
Another big military holiday comes on April 25, when its army marks its anniversary.