US B-1B bombers to fly over Korea in joint exercise

Putin and Xi

The article - reminiscent of USA public service announcements made at the height of the Cold War - comes in the week that the US and South Korea take part in their largest ever join military drill, which has been declared by Kim Jong Un's rogue state as an "open, all-out provocation" that could push the Korean Peninsula to the "brink of war". The president then announced the Wednesday after that he had already spoken to China's President Xi Jinping and that "major sanctions" would be imposed on North Korea.

The US responded to North Korea's latest missile launch with a simulated bomb run from a B-1B Lancer bomber and an F-22 in a marked escalation in military signaling.

People in a Chinese province bordering North Korea have been offered a nuclear survival guide by the local state-run newspaper.

North Korea said that further escalation through joint drills "will only invite more awful retaliation and precipitate their self-destruction".

"Through the exercise, the South Korean and USA air forces have demonstrated the alliance's strong will and capability for strong retaliation against North Korea's nuclear and missile threats", South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said, according to Yonhap.

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.

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U.S. President Donald Trump has warned he would destroy the North Korean regime if it threatened the United States with nuclear weapons.

In September, after North Korea's sixth and largest nuclear test, B-1Bs flew further north along North Korea's coast than at any time in the past 17 years.

On Wednesday, the United States dispatched a B-1B jet to Korea for a joint training exercise with several warplanes, including F-22 and F-35 stealth fighters.

Both sides insist they don't want war, while saying they will act to defend themselves.

The New York Post quoted physicist David Wright, who estimated that the missile could have traveled 8,100 miles and would have "more than enough range to reach Washington, D.C., and in fact any part of the continental United States". Some analysts and diplomats hope his visit could spark a UN-led effort to defuse tensions.

Meanwhile China, North Korea's neighbour and lone major ally, again urged calm and said war was not the answer.

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