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USA bomber joins drills as United Nations official arrives in North Korea

USA bomber joins drills as United Nations official arrives in North Korea

China, North Korea's neighbour and lone major ally, has again urged calm and says war is not the answer as Pyongyang said military drills involving the US and South Korean forces made war "an established fact".

North Korean foreign minister Ri Yong Ho said in September the country reserved the right to shoot down U.S. B-1B bombers-which no longer carry nuclear weapons, despite North Korea's claims to the contrary-even if these weren't entering the North Korean airspace.

Two US B-1B heavy bombers joined large-scale combat drills over South Korea on Thursday amid warnings from North Korea that the exercises and US threats have made the outbreak of war "an established fact".

'We do not wish for a war but shall not hide from it, and should the United States 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 United States 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.

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

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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. "We are ready to support that, we are ready to take part in facilitating such negotiations", Lavrov reportedly said. "The remaining question now is: when will the war break out?"

US stealth fighter jets were not mobilized in Thursday's exercise, the military said, which saw the two strategic bombers enter the Korea Air Defense Identification Zone (KADIZ), fly to Jeju island and up the west coast, before returning to Andersen Air Force Base.

Washington usually deploys B-1B in pairs as a response to North Korea provocations as a show of force, or during routine training.

The F-22 Raptor is capable of striking major facilities in the North without detection.

That prompted North Korea's Foreign Minister, Mr Ri Yong Ho, to warn that the North could shoot down the USA bombers even if they did not enter North Korean airspace.

And now more than ever, both sides are deterred from conflict. Feltman held talks with deputy foreign minister Pak Myong Gun on Wednesday.


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