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

Lester Mason
December 8, 2017

"The remaining question now is: when will the war break out".

Two dozen USA stealth fighter jets took part in the drills, six of them F-22s, six of them F-35As, as well as a dozen F-35Bs, marking the first time the highly-advanced jets have cruised the skies above Korea at the same time. "We are ready to support that, we are ready to take part in facilitating such negotiations", Lavrov reportedly said.

An article in North Korea's ruling party's mouthpiece Rodong Sinmun on Tuesday accused the USA of trying to provoke a second Korean war and planning a pre-emptive strike.

The aircraft entered the Korean Air Defense Identification Zone (KADIZ) over the waters south of Jeju Island and conducted simulated bombing drills over the Yellow Sea near North Korea and China, according to the official, cited by Yonhap.

North Korea's state media confirmed the arrival of Mr Feltman and his entourage late on Tuesday without offering more details, later issuing a photograph of him and two members of his team.

North Korea launched its new Hwasong-15 missile a week ago, claiming to have achieved its goal of becoming a nuclear state.

Moscow also believes it is Washington's saber-rattling and regular military drills in the region that are "provoking Pyongyang into taking some rash action" after months of restraint, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said following the country's latest ballistic missile test. Threats from various USA officials are serving the same goal, Lavrov added.

Kim with North Korean troops.

The F-22 Raptor is capable of striking major facilities in the North without detection.

"B-1B bombers have been regularly dispatched to the Korean peninsula over the past years; however, it seems that the US Air Force might have enhanced its training to better prepare for actual warfare", he said.

United States national security adviser H.R. McMaster said at the weekend the possibility of war was "increasing every day". The president then announced the Wednesday after that he had already spoken to China's President Xi Jinping and that "major sanctions" would be imposed on North Korea. The Pentagon said it has "no intent" to move out any dependants.

In response to a huge U.S. military exercise over South Korea, the rogue state said: 'We will make the USA dearly pay the consequences with our mighty nuclear force'.

The US-South Korea drills coincide with a rare visit to the North by United Nations political affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman. Some analysts and diplomats hope his visit could spark a UN-led effort to defuse tensions.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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