N. Korea says United States threats make war unavoidable

North Korea drills

China, North Korea's neighbour and lone major ally, has again urged calm and says war is not the answer as Pyongyang said military drills involving the US and South Korean forces made war "an established fact". "The ones that will suffer the most are ordinary people", Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said. "The outbreak of war is not in any side's interest". And as the world unites against a rogue, nuclear-capable Pyongyang, Washington's mandate to protect United States citizens and crush any aggression from North Korea against USA allies has also crested.

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

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov told USA secretary of state Rex Tillerson on the sidelines of a conference in Vienna that U.S. military exercises and aggressive rhetoric were causing an unacceptable escalation in tension.

The comments come amidst a series of large-scale joint military drills being carried out on the Korean Peninsula by the US and South Korean military, showcasing immensely powerful aircraft such as four B-1B Lancer strategic bombers and six F-22 Raptor stealth fighter jets.

North Korea condemned the exercises, planned before Pyongyang tested a new, more powerful intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in a launch on November 29, as pushing the peninsula "to the brink of nuclear war".

U.S. B-1B Lancer bombers and advanced stealth fighter jets conducted joint bombing drills in South Korea on Wednesday, as a part of ongoing air drills this week with South Korea.

North Korea says war is now inevitable between Washington and Pyongyang.

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"Should the USA miscalculate our patience and light the fuse for a nuclear war, we will surely make the USA dearly pay the consequences with our mighty nuclear force which we have consistently strengthened".

Kim with North Korean troops.

"Several B-1B Lancer in support of F-22 Raptor conducted training maneuvers with the bombing, demonstrating the ability and determination of the allies to give a tough response to North Korea's missile and nuclear provocations", - stated in the message.

It is reported by South Korean joint chiefs of staff.

Yang Uk, a senior fellow at the Korea Defence and Security Forum, said B-1Bs would be key to any strike targeting major North Korean facilities.

The US-South Korea drills coincide with a rare visit to the North by United Nations political affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman. Feltman met North Korean foreign minister Ri Yong Ho on Thursday, North Korea's official KCNA news agency said.

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