North Korea: US bomber flights risk nuclear war

Cornelia Mascio
Mag 3, 2017

North Korea said the bombers conducted "a nuclear bomb dropping drill against major objects" in its territory at a time when Mr Trump and "other United States warmongers are crying out for making a pre-emptive nuclear strike" on the North.

Trump's musings about a potential meeting with Kim were reminiscent of Barack Obama's declaration during his 2008 campaign that he'd be willing to meet without pre-condition with the leaders of North Korea, Iran, Cuba and other nations long at odds with the U.S. Republicans and Obama's Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, criticized Obama for that statement.

"We have noted the recent remarks and positive signals conveyed in them".

In a show of force, the U.S. has sent the nuclear-powered USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier group to waters off the Korean peninsula to join drills with South Korea to counter a series of threats of destruction from North Korea, formally known as the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

That would help in the resumption of peace talks, according to the official, who called dialogue the only "realistic and viable way" at a time of escalated tensions in the region.

North Korea accused the United States yesterday of pushing the Korean peninsula to the brink of nuclear war after a pair of strategic USA bombers flew training drills with the South Korean and Japanese air forces in another show of strength. He also met with U.S. Forces Korea and U.S. embassy officials.

Even if there is a large divide between Moon and Trump on most issues related to North Korea, analysts doubt how much strain this will put on the alliance. His closest rival, Ahn Cheol-soo of the centrist People's Party, said it must take place after talks with residents.

Echoing other Trump administration officials, Mr Pottinger said the USA is not seeking regime change in North Korea.

By cutting Seoul out of those negotiations, many here fear, Washington could leave South Korea open to North Korea's vision of a unified Korean Peninsula with the autocratic Kim family running things from Pyongyang.

It is unclear if the new barge was acquired or manufactured by the North, but since there have been no indications of barge construction work at the North's west coast naval shipyards over the past year, that suggests the vessel had been acquired from overseas.

"I would be honoured to do it", Trump told Bloomberg on Monday.

"We're not going to get the North Koreans ever to give up their nuclear weapons", General (Ret.) John Wickham, Jr. told VOA. "If it would be appropriate for me to meet with him I would, absolutely".

United States and South Korean troops conducted joint exercises last month along the North's border.

The North's nuclear and ballistic missile development already threatens South Korea and Japan, and within years could put the USA mainland within striking range. "We also said many times that the United States and DPRK... should make political decisions at an early date, take action and show good faith so that we can create a better atmosphere for resuming the peace talks and settling the issue", he added. So what should the Trump administration do? Harris' congressional testimony attracted attention because it represented a major departure from what has been the Trump administration's position on North Korea.

In a television interview aired Sunday on the CBS News program Face the Nation, the president also expressed admiration for Kim being able to secure power over the totalitarian country he inherited from his father in his late 20s, calling him a "pretty smart cookie".

"Clearly conditions are not there right now", White House spokesman Sean Spicer said. You provide status to that person.

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