North Korea says war is unavoidable after U.S. military drills

In a tit-for-tat show of military might, South Korea and the United states have this week held air combat drills - a week after Pyongyang tested an intercontinental ballistic missile that it claims puts the U.S. within its reach.

The rising tensions coincide with a rare visit to the isolated North by United Nations political affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman this week, the highest-level UN official to visit North Korea since 2012.

"The large-scale drills that the U.S. is conducting with the South Korean military and the American threats of a preemptive strike against Pyongyang make war on the Korean Peninsula unavoidable", he warned.

A statement from the country's foreign ministry said the outbreak of war is an "established" fact and the only remaining question is when it will happen, Reuters reports.

"I hope we can avoid war", says Boykin, "but diplomacy is not the answer". It also labeled US President Donald Trump as "insane".

The Air Force also sent a supersonic bomber to join state-of-the-art fighter jets Wednesday in a show of force during joint war games with South Korea. The North continued to describe the B-1B a "nuclear strategic bomber" although the plane was switched to conventional weaponry in the mid-1990s.

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"The large-scale drills that the U.S. is conducting with the South Korean military and the American threats of a preemptive strike against Pyongyang make war on the Korean Peninsula unavoidable", the statement read.

North Korea warned that war has become "an established fact" as it lashed out Thursday against US bombing drills and recent tough talk by Trump administration officials.

McMaster's remarks even saw Republican Senator Lindsey Graham say it was necessary to move all the United States military dependents out of the peninsula for fear of war breaking out.

Upon arriving in North Korea in mid-November, Song was denied a meeting with the reclusive North Korean head of state.

Political experts also believe that a war may break out at any moment in the Korean peninsula, as the Kim Jong-un led regime conducted a new test of their latest Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile which is capable of hitting the United States mainland.

  • Adam Floyd