South Korea's Moon To Visit China For Talks On North Korea

The drills involve 230 aircraft and 12,000 American troops in what North Korea has dubbed the largest-ever joint aerial exercise

Tensions on the Korean peninsula have risen markedly in recent months after North Korea's latest missile and nuclear tests, conducted in defiance of global pressure and United Nations resolutions.

Around 12,000 US service members, including from the Marines and Navy, will join South Korean troops.

The United States now has no plan to move military dependents out of South Korea despite rising tensions with North Korea, the Pentagon said Tuesday. The North continued to describe the B-1B a "nuclear strategic bomber" although the plane was switched to conventional weaponry in the mid-1990s.

South Korea and the United States began five days of air combat drills on Monday, less than a week after Pyongyang tested an intercontinental ballistic missile it said put all of the USA mainland within its reach.

Hundreds of aircraft including two dozen stealth jets began training Monday as the USA and South Korea launched a massive combined air force exercise.

Hawaii is reassuring tourists about its air-raid drills, which have reinstated due to growing tensions between the U.S. and North Korea.

South Korea is expected to increase defense spending by 7 percent in 2018, but funds to supply a "Kim Jong Un decapitation unit" with an aircraft and a helicopter may not be available.

Quoting an unnamed spokesman from the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (CPRC and DPRK, respectively), KCNA referred to the US and South Korean military might as "puppet forces" and warned that a planned December 4. aerial drill is a "war rehearsal [that] is just a grave military provocation". The North's spokesman said Pompeo provoked the country by "impudently criticizing our supreme leadership which is the heart of our people".

US Presidential Donald Trump has repeatedly stated that China is key to unlocking the North Korea issue.

North Korea says a nuclear war on the Korean Peninsula has become a matter of when, not if, as it continued to lash out at a massive joint military exercise between the United States and South Korean involving hundreds of advanced warplanes.

North Korea said that further escalation through joint drills "will only invite more bad retaliation and precipitate their self-destruction". China has previously condemned North Korea for launching test missiles and, three months ago, backed United Nations sanctions against the country after a significant nuclear test.

All but five of the 49 countries have violated sanctions in other ways, such as facilitating front companies for the North Korean regime or importing sanctioned goods and minerals.



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