Two B-1B bombers train over Yellow Sea

Sergio Conner
December 8, 2017

"The ones that will suffer the most are ordinary people", said Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang in a statement.

White House National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said at the weekend that the possibility of war with North Korea was "increasing every day". "The outbreak of war is not in any side's interest".

North Korea's state media confirmed the arrival of Mr Feltman and his entourage late on Tuesday without offering more details, later issuing a photograph of him and two members of his team.

North Korea threatened Sunday that if the United States continues to conduct joint military operations with South Korea "nuclear war [may break out] at any moment", Sky News reported.

The drills, which will end Friday, include simulated attacks on a "a mock North Korean missile launch site with mock North Korean radars", CNN reported, citing a South Korean official.

"We do not wish for a war but shall not hide from it", the regime added.

North Korea's foreign ministry blamed the drills and "confrontational warmongering" by USA officials for making war inevitable.

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Meanwhile Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said North Korea wants direct talks with the USA to seek guarantees on its security, something Moscow was ready to facilitate.

The article notably said President Donald Trump is "running wild", "insane" and "bluffing" when condemning inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM) tests.

B-1 flights represent the US's go-to response for North Korean provocations like missile tests, and the bomber flights always draw a strong, sometimes dangerously escalating response from Pyongyang.

The F-22 Raptor is capable of striking major facilities in the North without detection.

The weekend saw both White House national security adviser H.R. McMaster and U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham of SC say chances of war with Pyongyang were growing.

The rising tensions coincide with a rare visit to the isolated North by the UN's political affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman this week, the highest-level United Nations official to visit North Korea since 2012.

North Korean foreign minister Ri Yong Ho said in September the country reserved the right to shoot down U.S. B-1B bombers-which no longer carry nuclear weapons, despite North Korea's claims to the contrary-even if these weren't entering the North Korean airspace. Feltman held talks with deputy foreign minister Pak Myong Gun on Wednesday.

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