North Korea says USA threats make war unavoidable, China urges calm

Lester Mason
December 8, 2017

Another state department spokesperson, Justin Higgins, said it was not enough for North Korea to freeze its nuclear program, and it "must be prepared to come to the table ready to chart a course to "cease and roll back" that program.

USA state department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said direct talks with North Korea were "not on the table until they are willing to denuclearize". But China has been vocal in its criticism of North Korea's nuclear and missiles programme, as well as attacking the United States and South Korea for ratcheting up tensions. Aircraft taking part will be flown from eight USA and South Korean military installations. The Pentagon has mounted repeated shows of force after North Korean tests.

The article - reminiscent of USA public service announcements made at the height of the Cold War - comes in the week that the US and South Korea take part in their largest ever join military drill, which has been declared by Kim Jong Un's rogue state as an "open, all-out provocation" that could push the Korean Peninsula to the "brink of war".

Jilin - which also borders Russian Federation - is in the northeast of the country and residents are being advised of how nuclear weapons differ from traditional arms, with the editorial also including cartoons demonstrating the ways to decontaminate yourself in a radiation emergency.

"If possible, it's important to push for a South-North summit in the first half (of Moon's five-year term)", Lee said according to the text.

People who find themselves outside during a nuclear attack should try to lie in a ditch, cover exposed skin in light coloured clothing or dive into a river or lake to try and minimise the possibility of instantaneous death, it said.

The influential state-backed Global Times in a commentary on Wednesday described the article as a public service announcement due to the situation on the Korean peninsula.

In the latest in a series of sinister statements, the dictator's spokesman said nuclear war on the Korean Peninsula had become a matter of when, not if.

"But at the same time, there is absolutely no reason to be alarmed".

The nuclear war threat was carried by the official Korean Central News Agency this morning, hours after the United States flew its B-1B supersonic bombers over South Korea as part of a massive combined aerial war game involving hundreds of warplanes.

North Korea regularly uses its state media to threaten the United States and its allies.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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