North Korea warns war is 'established fact' day after United States bombing drills


The US carried out another simulated bomb run with a supersonic B-1B bomber on Wednesday, but this time it included the US's top-of-the-line air superiority fighter, the F-22, according to Yonhap.

A North Korean foreign ministry official said the military drills and "bellicose remarks" by USA officials "cannot be interpreted in any other way but as a warning to us to be prepared for a war on the Korean peninsula".

Around 12,000 US service members, including from the Marines and Navy, will join South Korean troops.

The drills come a week after North Korea said it had tested its most advanced intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the United States, as part of a weapons program that it has conducted in defiance of global sanctions and condemnation.

North Korea regularly threatens to destroy South Korea, the United States and Japan. China has been critical of USA exercises with South Korea and Japan, which it believes are basically unhelpful for resolving the situation on the Korean Peninsula, and the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has urged related countries to avoid provoking each other.

Discussing ways to "peacefully resolve North Korea's nuclear issue" will be on Moon's agenda when he meets President Xi Jinping next week, Moon's office said. November 10 this year, the Secretary of State and Chief of Staff of the US Air Force Heather Wilson said that at the present time the US Air Force also operates 120 F-35A fighter bombers.

Previously, North Korea threatened to shoot down B-1s flying even outside its airspace and to loft missiles at Guam, where the B-1s are based.

United Nations undersecretary-General Jeffrey Feltman is scheduled to meet senior officials including Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho and Vice Minister Pak Myong-guk as well as United Nations staff working in the hermit state, reports the Korea Times. The U.S. has not announced it. The State Department said on Tuesday he was not carrying any message from Washington. That includes North Korea's top trading partner, China, as well as Germany, Brazil, India and France.

The military exercises, called "Vigilant Ace", are created to enhance joint readiness and operational capability of US extended deterrence, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement.

North Korea has condemned the drills, threatening to take action against the US and its regional allies.