Hawaii introduces nuclear air raid drills as tensions with North Korea escalate

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

North Korea's increasing nuclear and missile capability would top the agenda, it said. But China has been vocal in its criticism of North Korea's nuclear and missiles programme, as well as attacking the US and South Korea for ratcheting up tensions.

It has imposed a series of sanctions on South Korean firms and banned Chinese tour groups from going to the country in moves seen as economic retaliation.

Thirteen of them, including Angola, Cuba, Mozambique, Tanzania, Iran, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Syria, have been linked with North Korea's military.

B-1 flights represent the US's go-to response for North Korean provocations, such as missile tests, and the bomber flights draw a strong, sometimes dangerously escalating response from Pyongyang.

The South Korean army's adoption of drones on the battlefield follows the footsteps of the US and Chinese armed forces, which have already adopted swarming drone tactics. "We feel that it's highly, highly unlikely that something like that would happen", said HTA CEO George Szigeti.

In comments attributed to an unnamed Foreign Ministry spokesman, North Korea also claimed high-ranked US officials, including CIA Director Mike Pompeo, have further confirmed American intent for war with a series of "bellicose remarks".

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USA military dependants in South Korea have been urged to head back to the states as suggested by Senator Lindsey Graham, who said the the conflict with the North was getting very close.

North Korea routinely uses strong language to denounce U.S.

The U.S. and South Korea began a five-day drill, called Vigilant Ace, on Monday amid increased tensions with North Korea over its nuclear program and recent ballistic missile tests.

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

Russia also has communication channels open with North Korea and is ready to exert its influence, the RIA news agency quoted Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov as saying on Tuesday.

Tensions have been running high since the missile launch late last month, which triggered worldwide condemnation and a warning from the United States that the North Korean regime would be "utterly destroyed" if war broke out. The United States, which has 28,500 troops stationed in South Korea, a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean War, denies any such intention.

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