North Korea FM: US Threats Make War Unavoidable

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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. The foreign minister referenced a comment by the U.S. envoy to the UN, Nikki Haley, in which she said that North Korea would be "utterly destroyed in case of war", calling it a "bloodthirsty tirade".

The US has stepped up military pressure on North Korea considerably.

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

Moscow also believes it is Washington's saber-rattling and regular military drills in the region that are "provoking Pyongyang into taking some rash action" after months of restraint, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said following the country's latest ballistic missile test. Threats from various USA officials are serving the same goal, Lavrov added.

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 U.S. official said.

The huge war games follow three intercontinental ballistic missile tests just days before.

But amid North Korea's and the US's escalating rhetoric and military pressure, one option has emerged that's only slightly less desirable than all-out combat: perpetual brinkmanship.

Kim with North Korean troops.

A B-1B Lancer bomber of the U.S. Air Force flies over Korea in formation with the allies' fighter jets on December 6, 2017, in this photo provided by South Korea's Air Force.

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

And now more than ever, both sides are deterred from conflict.

The number of jets in the air between the USA and South Korea is 230. He said Trump was prepared to take action against North Korea but was working to convince China, Russia and others to do more to press Pyongyang to get it to give up its weapons programs.

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

Russian Federation and China remain behind a so-called "double-freeze" proposal, which would see the U.S. suspend joint drills with South Korea in exchange for Pyongyang halting its missile and nuclear tests. Feltman met North Korean foreign minister Ri Yong Ho on Thursday, North Korea's official KCNA news agency said.

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