The United States flew a B-1B supersonic bomber over South Korea on Wednesday as part of a massive combined aerial exercise involving hundreds of warplanes, a clear warning after North Korea last week tested its biggest and most powerful missile yet.
On Wednesday, a U.S. B-1B bomber joined the joint U.S.
North Korea typically uses strong language when commenting on U.S.
The official also reiterated North Korea's insistence that its nuclear weapons program is for self-defense, saying "we do not wish for a war but shall not hide from it".
It is increasingly common for the USA to deploy B-1B bombers over South Korea to underline military superiority against North Korea.
"If we can do that, then over time we will work with North Korea to stop them from getting a nuclear arsenal", he said. While the USA military aircraft conducted simulated strikes, the South Korean warplanes actually dropped MK-82 bombs.
State-run Jilin Daily published a lengthy article with the headline "Knowledge about Nuclear Weapons and Protection", amid strong war rhetoric between North Korea and the U.S. after a recent long range missile test by Pyongyang.
Quoting an unnamed spokesman from the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (CPRC and DPRK, respectively), KCNA referred to the US and South Korean military might as "puppet forces" and warned that a planned December 4. aerial drill is a "war rehearsal [that] is just a grave military provocation".
Meanwhile, the USA has flown a supersonic B1 bomber over South Korea in a show of force against Pyongyang, AP reports.
US Presidential Donald Trump has repeatedly stated that China is key to unlocking the North Korea issue.
North Korea has vehemently criticized the drills since the weekend, saying the exercise precipitates USA and South Korean "self-destruction". Chinese Air Force spokesperson Shen Jinke appeared on China Central Television (CCTV) on December 5 to say that the Chinese Air Force had conducted drills in the Yellow Sea (known in South Korea as the West Sea) and in the East China Sea.
But North Korea has a problem there.
China and Russian Federation had proposed that the United States and South Korea stop major military exercises in exchange for North Korea halting its weapons programs.