North Korea says Trump has 'declared war'

People watch a TV screen showing a local news program reporting about North Korea's missile launch at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul South Korea Saturday Sept. 16 2017. The North Koreans have twice tested missiles theoretically able to hit

The U.S. and its allies should try to enter into diplomatic discussions with North Korea to better understand Kim's intentions and to better understand how to direct his behavior in more peaceful directions.

"It wouldn't remotely resemble" those conflicts, retired US Air Force Brig.

"North Korea is run by a madman who has complete disregard for both his people and the world community".

"We (lawmakers) heard (from the NIS) that as the flight was close to midnight, the North might have not anticipated it at all, or the North might have been unable to take action as its radar or other systems could not clearly detect it", Lee told reporters.

The bombers took off Saturday night and flew further north than any US Air Force warplane has flown since the turn of the century, according to the Pentagon.

Escorted by F-15 fighters from Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, U.S. B-1B Lancer bombers from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam carried out a rare nighttime flight mission in worldwide airspace north of the Northern Limit Line, a de facto inter-Korean sea border. North Korea jolted markets after its foreign minister declared that the nation can shoot down United States warplanes, boosting the yen, bonds, gold and signaling a weaker start for Asia's largest stock markets.

Still, McMaster told a conference hosted by the Institute for the Study of War, Washington was concerned a nuclear-armed North Korea capable of hitting the United States was likely to engage in "nuclear blackmail", for instance to try to achieve its goal of getting U.S. troops off the Korean peninsula. Trump also used the derisive reference to Kim in his speech to the U.N. General Assembly on September 19. Neither has South Korea's National Intelligence Service.

The US Defence Department estimated in 2015 that North Korea has 1300 planes, mostly Soviet-era models. The North was clearly trying to claim it has the ability to conduct retaliatory strikes against USA attacks, Hong Min, an analyst at Seoul's Korea Institute for National Unification, said. In response, the US has led two recent rounds of United Nations sanctions on the regime, winning support from China, North Korea's top trading partner, and Russian Federation.

The report said that the mulling military options amid heightened tensions with North Korea, expressing concern about possible military clashes triggered unintentionally. North Korea has also fired two powerful midrange missiles over Japan in recent weeks. Ri then said North Korea might conduct the "most powerful" atmospheric hydrogen bomb test in the Pacific Ocean, but added that no one knew what Kim would decide.



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