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Pyongyang does not want escalation of tensions on Korean peninsula, senator says

09 December 2017

When the US and South Korea were busy conducting the annual air power exercise over the Korean Peninsula, China staged exercises above the Yellow and East Seas, areas in which it has never flown before.

War on the Korean Peninsula is now inevitable thanks to America's "confrontational warmongering remarks", North Korea warned late Wednesday.

A few days after the US and South Korea launched a joint air drill, a North Korean Foreign Ministry official issued a fierce statement on behalf of the deputy minister.

"The remaining question now is: when will the war break out?"

Midway though the large-scale aerial exercises involving hundreds of warplanes, the United States has flown a B-1B supersonic bomber over South Korea.

North Korea, which denounces such drills, said at the weekend that the recent war game pushed tensions on the peninsula toward "a flare-up".

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

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North Korea insisted it does not want to fight a war but is prepared to use its nuclear weapons should the USA begin one.

The Pentagon said it has "no intent" to move any dependants out of the country.

The ministry spokesperson also blamed President Donald Trump's inner circle for issuing provocative statements.

Political experts also believe that a war may break out at any moment in the Korean peninsula, as the Kim Jong-un led regime conducted a new test of their latest Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile which is capable of hitting the United States mainland. China opposes North Korea's nuclear program but sees Pyongyang as a buffer against USA forces stationed in the South.

North Korea's latest missile test prompted a warning from the United States that North Korea's leadership would be "utterly destroyed" if war were to break out, a statement that drew sharp criticism from Russian Federation.

Jeffrey Feltman, the United Nations undersecretary-general for political affairs, met with Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho on the second full day of the highest-level United Nations visit to the North since 2010.

Pyongyang does not want escalation of tensions on Korean peninsula, senator says