PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — The Latest on tensions on the Korean Peninsula (all times local):

12:20 p.m.

North Korea’s vice foreign minister says, “We will go to war” if the U.S. chooses to provoke it.

Vice Minister Han Song Ryol spoke to The Associated Press in an exclusive interview in Pyongyang on Friday. He said the United States and President Donald Trump were making trouble in the region, citing Trump’s tweets and the U.S. for moving an aircraft carrier into the region and for participating in its largest-ever joint military exercises with South Korea.

Han said that in the face of such actions, North Korea “will go to war if they choose.” And it will continue developing its nuclear program and conduct its next nuclear test whenever its leaders see fit.

Han said: “We certainly will not keep our arms crossed in the face of a U.S. pre-emptive strike.”

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12:15 p.m.

North Korea’s vice foreign minister says it is not his own country but the United States and President Donald Trump who are “making trouble.”

Vice Minister Han Song Ryol made the comments in an exclusive interview with The Associated Press in Pyongyang on Friday.

Trump tweeted on Tuesday that North Korea was “looking for trouble” and added that if China doesn’t…