North Korea FM: US Threats Make War Unavoidable

US Military Conducts Simulated Bombing Drills with B-1B Supersonic Jet Over Korean Peninsula

The US just upped the ante on simulated bomb runs on North Korea

Large military drills being carried out by the United States and South Korea, and U.S. threats of a preemptive war against Pyongyang have made the outbreak of war on the Korean peninsula "an established fact", North Korea's foreign ministry said.

The Guam-based Lancer bombers trained with more than 20 fighter jets as part of the Vigilant Ace joint exercise with South Korea, which began on December 4 and will continue until Friday.

'We do not wish for a war but shall not hide from it, and should the USA miscalculate our patience and light the fuse for a nuclear war, we will surely make the U.S. dearly pay the consequences with our mighty nuclear force which we have consistently strengthened'.

China's vice minister of Foreign Affairs Zheng Zeguang was to meet Matt Pottinger, the head of Asian affairs at the White House's National Security Council, on Thursday to discuss North Korea and trade, a senior U.S. official said.

"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 spokesperson said.

Meanwhile Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said North Korea wants direct talks with the United States to seek guarantees on its security, something Moscow was ready to facilitate.

KCNA said on Tuesday the exercises were "simulating an all-out war", including drills to "strike the state leadership and nuclear and ballistic rocket bases, air fields, naval bases and other major objects".

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

The B-1B bomber and F-22 Raptors conducted simulated bombing drills, South Korean news agency Yonhap reported, quoting a statement from the Joint Chiefs of Staff, adding that several American F-35 stealth jets and F-16 fighters and South Korean F-15Ks and KF-16s joined the exercise at the Pilsung firing range in the northeastern Gangwon province.

Yang Uk, a senior fellow at the Korea Defence and Security Forum, said B-1Bs would be key to any strike targeting major North Korean facilities.

U.S. military drills on the Korean Peninsula were always a fairly common occurrence, and one which fuels a lot of the region.

Both sides insist they don't want war, while saying they will act to defend themselves.

The US-South Korea drills coincide with a rare visit to the North by United Nations political affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman.

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