China urges calm as N.Korea rattles sabres

Remigio Civitarese
Dicembre 8, 2017

"The ones that will suffer the most are ordinary people", said Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang in a statement.

"The overall scale of forces helps contribute to a realistic site picture for those participating, especially with regard to air assets integrating in a war-time scenario with their support personnel and equipment", the USA military said.

But even though both sides make overtures toward war, it's far from a sure thing.

Nauert said North Korea was "not showing any interest in sitting down and having any kind of serious conversations when they continue to fire off ballistic missiles".

The combined B-1 and F-22 drill represents a step up in the normal tit for tat between the United States and North Korea.

North Korea has long spoken out against joint drills between the United States and South Korea. North Korea's increasing nuclear and missile capability would top the agenda, it said.

"Should the USA miscalculate our patience and light the fuse for a nuclear war, we will surely make the USA dearly pay the consequences with our mighty nuclear force which we have consistently strengthened".

"Through the drill, the South Korean and USA air forces displayed the allies" strong intent and ability to punish North Korea when threatened by nuclear weapons and missiles, ' the South Korean military said in a statement.

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

Washington usually deploys B-1B in pairs as a response to North Korea provocations as a show of force, or during routine training. Their exercise was simulated to target key North Korean facilities including nuclear and missile sites.

The weekend saw both White House national security adviser H.R. McMaster and U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham of SC say chances of war with Pyongyang were growing. He said Trump was prepared to take action against North Korea but was working to convince China, Russia and others to do more to press Pyongyang to get it to give up its weapons programs. The Pentagon said it has "no intent" to move out any dependants.

Russian Federation and China remain behind a so-called "double-freeze" proposal, which would see the USA suspend joint drills with South Korea in exchange for Pyongyang halting its missile and nuclear tests. Feltman held talks with deputy foreign minister Pak Myong Gun on Wednesday.

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