North Korea's state television aired footage of a musical show marking the birthday of former leader Kim II Sung. It ended with a mock-up video of missiles engulfing the United States in flames.
As US, Japanese and South Korean warships carried out joint exercises, Pyongyang marked a national anniversary with an artillery drill. The saber-rattling coincided with a flurry of diplomatic activity in Tokyo.
It was not immediately clear why the man, who was reportedly involved in aid work, was arrested. But tensions between the US and North Korea have escalated over Pyongyang's ongoing nuclear and missile tests.
The Japanese navy destroyers Samidare and Ashigara have joined a US carrier strike group for drills in the western Pacific Ocean. North Korea said it was prepared to hit back if necessary.
Washington says a global consensus, which includes China, recognizes that North Korea's "threatening behaviour" can't go on. Tensions in the region remain high following Pyongyang's latest failed missile test.
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