South Korea's Moon to visit China for talks on N. Korea

07 December, 2017, 04:53 | Author: Wade Massey
  • US B-1B bomber flies over Korean Peninsula in show of force – S. Korean media

B-1 flights represent the US's go-to response for North Korean provocations, such as missile tests, and the bomber flights draw a strong, sometimes dangerously escalating response from Pyongyang.

"The large-scale nuclear war exercises conducted by the U.S.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".

South Korea's military also plans to launch a combat unit of weaponised drones called "dronebots" next year, Yonhap reported quoting an unnamed official.

On Wednesday, a U.S. B-1B bomber joined the joint U.S.

South Korea and the United States began five days of air combat drills on Monday, less than a week after Pyongyang tested an intercontinental ballistic missile it said put all of the USA mainland within its reach.

North Korea has condemned the drills, threatening to take action against the US and its regional allies.

The US has previously deployed bombers as a show of force after North Korean missile or nuclear tests.

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The combined B-1 and F-22 drill represents a step up in the normal tit-for-tat between the United States and North Korea.

North Korea hates such displays of American military might at close range and typically uses strong language to condemn them as invasion rehearsals.

A spokesman for the North's foreign ministry also blamed "confrontational warmongering" remarks by USA officials for pushing the peninsula to the brink of war.

United Nations undersecretary-General Jeffrey Feltman is scheduled to meet senior officials including Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho and Vice Minister Pak Myong-guk as well as United Nations staff working in the hermit state, reports the Korea Times. Last time it was done in November shortly before the US President Donald Trump's visit to South Korea as part of his Asia tour. North Korea's increasing nuclear and missile capability would top the agenda, it said.

North Korea said that further escalation through joint drills "will only invite more awful retaliation and precipitate their self-destruction".

China reacted to the roll-out with an unofficial embargo of South Korea, which hit the country's tourism industry and prompted Chinese consumers to boycott Korean brands. Additional major sanctions will be imposed on North Korea today.

The US responded to North Korea's latest missile launch with a simulated bomb run from a B-1B Lancer bomber and an F-22 in a marked escalation in military signaling.

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