North Korea acccuses US bomber flights of pushing a nuclear war

North Korea accused the United States Tuesday of pushing the Korean peninsula to the brink of nuclear war after a pair of  U.S. bombers flew training drills with the South Korean and Japanese air forces in once again another show of strength.

The two supersonic B-1B Lancer bombers were deployed amid rising tensions over North Korea’s pursuit of its nuclear and missile programs in defiance of U.N. sanctions and pressure from the United States.

This came on Monday as U.S. President Donald Trump said he would be “honored” to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in the right circumstances, and as his CIA director landed in South Korea for talks. Moon Sang-gyun, South Korean Defense Ministry spokesman told a briefing in Seoul that Monday’s joint drill was conducted to deter provocations by the North.

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North Korea said the bombers conducted “a nuclear bomb dropping drill against major objects” in its territory at a time when Trump and “other U.S. warmongers are crying out for making a preemptive nuclear strike” on the North.

KCNA news agency said Tuesday “The reckless military provocation is pushing the situation on the Korean peninsula closer to the brink of nuclear war.” Tensions have been on the high for  weeks, driven by concerns that the North might conduct its sixth nuclear test in defiance of pressure from the United States and China. U.S. officials told Reuters that the U.S. military’s THAAD anti-missile defense system has reached initial operational capacity in South Korea, although they cautioned that it would not be fully operational for some months.

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China has repeatedly expressed its opposition to the system, whose powerful radar it fears could reach inside Chinese territory. Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang again denounced THAAD on Tuesday. “We will resolutely take necessary measures to defend our interests,” Geng said, without elaborating.

 

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