Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

North Korea Claims Inevitability of War 'Established Fact' as China Urges Calm

North Korea Claims Inevitability of War 'Established Fact' as China Urges Calm

The supersonic jet departed from its base in the USA territory of Guam before joining two Japanese F-15 fighters and then took part in military drills on the Korean Peninsula along with Americans and South Korean fighter jets, Bloomberg reported.

North Korea's foreign ministry blamed the drills and "confrontational warmongering" by United States officials for making war inevitable.

The exercise was part of five-day-long air force annual exercise known as Vigilant Ace that started Monday in which 230 aircrafts are taking part in simulated strikes over South Korea.

North Korea condemned the exercises, planned before Pyongyang tested a new, more powerful intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in a launch on November 29, as pushing the peninsula "to the brink of nuclear war".

"The remaining question now is: when will the war break out?" it said in a statement carried by North Korea's official KCNA news agency.

It is reported by South Korean joint chiefs of staff.

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 USA official said.

The comments come amidst a series of large-scale joint military drills being carried out on the Korean Peninsula by the USA and South Korean military, showcasing immensely powerful aircraft such as four B-1B Lancer strategic bombers and six F-22 Raptor stealth fighter jets.

"We hope that all relevant parties could exercise restraint and refrain from heightening tensions on the Korean Peninsula and provoking each other".

"The great success in the test-fire of ICBM Hwasong-15 is a priceless victory won by the great and heroic people of the DPRK who have upheld the WPK's line on the simultaneous development of the two fronts with loyalty", North Korea said in a statement, "without the slightest vacillation, despite the vicious challenges by the USA imperialists and their followers and manifold difficulties".

North Korea said that further escalation through joint drills "will only invite more bad retaliation and precipitate their self-destruction".

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

"We know that North Korea wants above all to talk to the United States about guarantees for its security". Feltman held talks with deputy foreign minister Pak Myong Gun on Wednesday.

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