North Korea has said it will defend itself “By Powerful Force Of Arms” in response to the us deployment of a navy strike group to the Korean Peninsula.

The Foreign Ministry, quoted by state news agency KCNA, said the deployment showed “Reckless Moves for invading” had “Reached a Serious Phase”.

The US Pacific Command says it is aimed at maintaining readiness in the region.The Carl Vinson Strike Group comprises an aircraft carrier and other warships.

President Trump has said the us is prepared to act alone to deal with the nuclear threat from North Korea. Meanwhile South Korea and China have warned of more stringent sanctions if Pyongyang conducts more missile tests.

South Korea, US, and Japan are arranging a meeting later this month to coordinate a joint response to North Korea, reported South Korean news agency Yonhap.

Pyongyang has carried out several nuclear tests and experts predict more could be in the offing as it moves closer towards developing a nuclear warhead that could reach the US.