Time for US Military Families to Leave S. Korea: Sen. Lindsey Graham

Time for US Military Families to Leave S. Korea: Sen. Lindsey Graham

Time for US Military Families to Leave S. Korea: Sen. Lindsey Graham

Its state media said Washington is "begging for nuclear war", and claimed that the missile launch was a legitimate part of strengthening what it called its "self-defensive nuclear deterrence".

At the end of November the United States unveiled fresh sanctions against the North, which it said were created to stop its funding of nuclear and ballistic missile programmes.

The North's latest statement also comes days after North Korea test-fired a brand new intercontinental ballistic missile, which experts said shows a major advance in technology and threat.

The piece - which came shortly after Kim Jong Un enjoyed a visit to a military tyre factory - added: "The US and South Korean puppet warmongers would be well advised to bear in mind that their DPRK-targeted military drill will be as foolish as an act precipitating their self-destruction".

The five-day Vigilant Ace drill - involving some 230 aircraft including F-22 Raptor stealth jet fighters - begins on Monday, five days after the North test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile believed capable of hitting the United States mainland in a fresh challenge to President Donald Trump.

He pushed China to do more, including cutting off North Korean oil imports.

South Korea's military believes that the latest missile, which flew 950 kilometers before splashing down in waters near Japan, is potentially capable of striking targets as far as 13,000 kilometers, which would put Washington within reach.

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"What matters is the fact that the drill simulating an actual war is to be staged at a time when insane President Trump is running wild", a commentary carried by the official Korean Central News Agency said. US intelligence analysts have concluded from satellite and other data that the test missile was sacked from a fixed position, not a mobile launcher, three USA officials said.

Washington is battling to maintain global solidarity in the face of the North nuclear threat after Russian Federation warned that sanctions have failed and China sidestepped talk of an oil embargo. "This would be the most destabilising development I think in the post-World War II period".

Bessho emphasised the importance of linking the human rights concerns to the security threats that are impacting the people there, as well as the Korean Peninsula and beyond.

Kim himself was absent from the Friday's celebrations - he usually stays away from such events - but the gathering drew key military, party and government leaders.

He repeated Kim's warning that the North would respond with the "highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history".

"However, the quake could have been caused by geological changes created from the recent nuclear explosion", said an agency official who asked not to be named.

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