US B-1B bomber holds attack drills in Korean peninsula

Elias Hubbard
December 7, 2017

It has imposed a series of sanctions on South Korean firms and banned Chinese tour groups from going to the country in moves seen as economic retaliation. This prompted Pyongyang to say it had the right to shoot down U.S. strategic warplanes in worldwide airspace as part of its right to self-defence under the United Nations charter.

It lists the five destructive forces of a nuclear detonation: electro-magnetic pulses, early nuclear radiation, blast waves, light radiation and radioactive pollution, reports the Independent.

"We thought we were dying because we were poor and we ate badly".

Tong Zhao, fellow at the Carnegie Tsinghua Center for Global Policy, told CNN at the time that it appeared the Chinese government had chose to move past the issue, which he said had led to major losses for both countries, diplomatically and economically.

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.

North Korea has vehemently criticized the drills since the weekend, saying the exercise precipitates us and South Korean "self-destruction".

Jeffrey Feltman, left, United Nations undersecretary general for political affairs, is greeted by a North Korean Foreign Ministry official at Pyongyang airport.

U.S. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham also urged the Pentagon on Sunday to start moving U.S. military dependants, such as spouses and children, out of South Korea, saying conflict with North Korea was getting close.

South Korea's military says the Hwasong-15 the North tested last week has the potential to strike targets as far away as 13,000 kilometres (8,100 miles), which would put Washington within reach.

The comments were carried by the official Korean Central News Agency late Wednesday, hours after the United States flew a B-1B supersonic bomber over South Korea as part of a massive combined aerial exercise involving hundreds of warplanes.

"These confrontational war-mongering remarks can not be interpreted in any other way but as a warning to us to be prepared for a war on the Korean peninsula", he said.

Jeffrey Feltman, UN undersecretary general for political affairs, arrived Tuesday to discuss what the world body described as "issues of mutual interest and concern".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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