North Korea: US 'begging' for war with 'largest ever' joint aerial drill

Michele Moreno
December 4, 2017

"I see no evidence of the investigation in any way impeding the important work that we are doing", McMaster told Fox News host Bret Baier at the Reagan National Defense Forum at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif.

"We are in a race to be able to solve this problem", Mr McMaster said. A problem, which he claimed has solutions other than armed conflict, but added, "there's not much time left".

The photos appeared to show the missile with at least two large nozzles on its first stage, instead of the one large and several smaller nozzles on the Hwasong-14.

It comes days after the North fired a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and elevated tensions in the region.

North Korea conducted its sixth nuclear test this year and test-fired a series of advanced missiles, including intercontinental ballistic missiles, even as 18 million North Koreans, or 70 percent of the population, are struggling with food shortages.

To celebrate the missile launched last Wednesday, the ruling Workers Party's official daily Rodong Sinmun covered its front page with color photographs showing thousands of tightly packed soldiers and people applauding in Pyongyang's Kim Il-Sung square, which was decorated with large portraits of the North's late leaders. US intelligence analysts have concluded from satellite and other data that the test missile was sacked from a fixed position, not a mobile launcher, three USA officials said. A minimum of nine votes are needed to win such a vote and China, Russia, the United States, Britain and France can not wield their vetoes.

On Saturday Russia's Foreign Affairs Minister Sergei Lavrov reiterated his country's condemnation of the missile test.

He responded "I don't think so" when asked whether the Mueller probe affected American allies. And, much to our regret, that they try to pull the Japanese and the South Koreans in the same direction. A furious commentary published in a state-run newspaper said Trump had displayed his "true colors as an old lunatic, mean trickster and human reject" during his visit to the Korean Peninsula.

The drill, dubbed "Vigilant Ace", will take place from Monday to Friday, and feature F-22 stealth fighters and F-35 aircraft.

North Korea reacted angrily on Sunday to the air manoeuvres, accusing the USA and South Korea of a "grave military provocation" that will "push the already acute situation on the Korean Peninsula to the brink of nuclear war". The United States has been trying to get other countries, especially China, to squeeze North Korea's economy to make Kim back down from developing his country's nuclear weapons program.

He repeated Kim's warning that the North would respond with the "highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history".

"This week we had the long range missile, ICBM launch, which again gathered the attention of the world and we feel that it needs to be discussed", Bessho said at a news conference.

But analysts remain unconvinced that the North has mastered the technology required to launch and direct a missile, and ensure it survives the hard re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere.

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