China's Destroyer Warship Xining Test-Fires Missiles Near North Korea as WW3 Threat Looms
China revealed that the PLA Navy's Xining warship test-fired its weapon for the first time in the Yellow Sea, located between China and the Korean peninsula, to prepare its crew for a battle.
Video footage showed the ship's crew members conducting a counterattack drill and firing missiles into the waters.
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"This live-fire exercise not only provided officers and sailors with an opportunity to fire the artillery, but also tested and regulated their firing techniques and help them gather battling experience," Xiang Zhihong, a supervising officer on China's north sea fleet, said.
However, Daily Star noted that the timing of the drill would have only contribute to the rising pressure in the area after Pyongyang's vice-foreign minister Han Song-Ryol threatened an "all-out war."
Tensions in the Korean peninsula have reached a boiling point after the US moved its warship to the area, and North Korea raised its defenses threatening to launch nukes. US Vice President Mike Pence also launched another clear shot to North Korea, warning that Washington's "shield stands guard and swords stand ready."
He further warned that "... the era of strategic patience is over" and any use of North Korean conventional or nuclear weapons will be retaliated with an "overwhelming and effective" response from the US military.
North Korea's ambassador to the UN, on the other hand, said that the US was pushing Pyongyang "to the brink of nuclear war" and "thermonuclear war may break out at any moment," posing a security threat not only on the peninsular but also to the rest of the world.
China's Xining warship was introduced in January and is said to carry a deadly arsenal of weapons designed for missions like air defense and submarine warfare.