Thursday, 14 December, 2017

North Korea Claims Inevitability of War 'Established Fact' as China Urges Calm

12_6_Drills US Military Conducts Simulated Bombing Drills with B-1B Supersonic Jet Over Korean Peninsula
Sammy Stanley | 08 December, 2017, 09:53

The exercise has been slammed by North Korea, which said the drills prove that US President Donald Trump is "begging" for nuclear war.

North Korean foreign minister Ri Yong Ho said in September the country reserved the right to shoot down U.S. B-1B bombers-which no longer carry nuclear weapons, despite North Korea's claims to the contrary-even if these weren't entering the North Korean airspace.

The drill comes a day after one B-1B supersonic bomber staged a simulated bombing exercise with two F-22 Raptors and four F-35A and F-35B Lightning II stealth fighter jets on the east coast.

'We do not wish for a war but shall not hide from it, and should the United States miscalculate our patience and light the fuse for a nuclear war, we will surely make the USA dearly pay the consequences with our mighty nuclear force which we have consistently strengthened'.

The U.S. Air Force has deployed one of its B-1B Lancer strategic bomber aircraft as part of coordinated military drills with South Korea that North Korea denounced as provocations.

The unnamed Foreign Ministry spokesman said: 'The large-scale nuclear war exercises conducted by the USA in succession are creating touch-and-go situation on the Korean peninsula and series of violent war remarks coming from the USA high-level politicians amid such circumstances have made an outbreak of war on the Korean peninsula an established fact. The foreign minister referenced a comment by the USA envoy to the UN, Nikki Haley, in which she said that North Korea would be "utterly destroyed in case of war", calling it a "bloodthirsty tirade".

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The move has sparked global outrage and protests across the world with U.S. embassies targeted by demonstrators. Dozens of protesters were injured in clashes on Thursday.

On Wednesday, the USA dispatched a B-1B jet to Korea for a joint training exercise with several warplanes, including F-22 and F-35 stealth fighters.

KCNA said on Tuesday the exercises were "simulating an all-out war", including drills to "strike the state leadership and nuclear and ballistic rocket bases, air fields, naval bases and other major objects".

A B-1B Lancer bomber of the U.S. Air Force flies over Korea in formation with the allies' fighter jets on December 6, 2017, in this photo provided by South Korea's Air Force.

The drills, which will end Friday, include simulated attacks on a "a mock North Korean missile launch site with mock North Korean radars", CNN reported, citing a South Korean official.

And now more than ever, both sides are deterred from conflict.

United Nations political affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman arrived in Pyongyang for a four-day visit Tuesday, the first time a high-ranking United Nations official visited the country since 2012.

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