North Korea calls United States bomber practice a 'dangerous move'

Marsha Scott
July 10, 2017

South Korean and U.S. fighter jets also took part in the drill.

The U.S. Air Force said the flight was in response to "a series of increasingly escalatory actions by North Korea", including the launch of a ballistic missileearly Tuesday.

SEOUL-North Korean state media have sharply criticized a recent practice bombing run by two U.S. B-1B bombers on the Korean Peninsula, calling it a unsafe move raising the risk of nuclear war.

The B-1B bombers conducted the live-fire exercise at a range in South Korea's eastern Gangwon province, dropping weapons in a simulated attack on a missile launcher.

In response to the launch, US and South Korean troops fired ballistic missiles in a simulated attack on the North's leadership, in what was described "as a strong message of warning".

The Korean Demilitarized Zone is a strip of land running across the Korean Peninsula.

Earlier this week, North Korea was a key topic in phone calls between US President Donald Trump and the leaders of China and Japan.

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The Pilsung Range is located in the center of South Korea and is jointly operated by the USA and South Korean air forces, CNN reported. "This mission clearly demonstrates the U.S. -ROK alliance remains prepared to use the full range of capabilities to defend and to preserve the security of the Korean Peninsula and region".

"For a period of time, China-South Korea relations have been facing difficulties, and we do not want to see that", he was quoted as saying. "It is imperative for the global community to increase sanctions and pressure on North Korea over its provocations, but the issue should be resolved through dialogue and eventually peace".

The US, Japan and South Korea agreed on Friday to push for a quick UN Security Council resolution to put new sanctions on North Korea.

The US statement said the B-1Bs released "inert" weapons at the Pilsung Range.

Xi told Moon that China supported the new South Korean government's efforts to restart dialogue and contacts with North Korea, according to the Xinhua News Agency.

Tubby tyrant Kim Jong-un gloats as the world reacts to the news of his successful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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