Monday, 11 December, 2017

U.S. threats make war unavoidable in Korean peninsula, says North Korea

China conducts aerial drills over West Sea and East China Sea US bombers to fly over Korean peninsula: report
Melinda Barton | 07 December, 2017, 05:41

South Korea's military said the United States bomber took part in a bombing simulation with United States and South Korean fighter jets in north-eastern Gangwon province, which borders North Korea.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visits a powdered potato factory in this photo from the [North] Korean Central News Agency on Wednesday.

Relations between Seoul and Beijing have been damaged by the ongoing North Korea crisis, particularly after the deployment of the US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) defense system, which became fully operational in September.

Sanctions are being implemented, and countries like Uganda have complied and expelled North Korean officials who once trained military and police. "But at the same time, there is absolutely no reason to be alarmed", the Global Times said.

South Korea is expected to increase defense spending by 7% in 2018 to almost US$40 billion.

US Presidential Donald Trump has repeatedly stated that China is key to unlocking the North Korea issue.

"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", the state-run Korean Central News Agency quoted the official as saying. North Korea has protested the exercise as an "all out provocation". "Meanwhile, as a powerful nuclear state, China will resolutely return like for like", it said.

B-1B Lancers, supersonic bombers carrying the largest conventional payload of guided and unguided munitions of any Air Force bomber, and F-22 Raptors and F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters, elite stealth fighters, participated in a simulated bombing exercise with South Korean F-15K and KF-16 fighter jets at Pilsung Firing Range in Taebaek, Gangwon Province, South Korea, which is near the border between the two Koreas, NK News reports.

North Korea's latest launch ended a two-month silence from the nation.

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

Calls to redeploy USA tactical nuclear weapons to South Korea have grown especially among the country's conservative political parties amid North Korea's repeated nuclear and ballistic missile tests.