Large military drills being completed by the United States and Southern Korea and U.S. threats of a preemptive war against Pyongyang have manufactured the outbreak of war on the Korean Peninsula “an established fact”, North Korea’s foreign ministry said.
A good spokesman for the North’s foreign ministry likewise blamed “confrontational warmongering” remarks by U.S. officials for pressing the Peninsula to the brink of war.
“The remaining concern now is: when will the war use?” the spokesman said past due on Wednesday in a assertion carried by North Korea’s official KCNA information agency.
“We do not wish for a war but shall certainly not hide from it,” he said.
Tensions on the Korean Peninsula experience risen markedly lately after North Korea’s latest missile and nuclear assessments, conducted found in defiance of international pressure and United Nations resolutions.
North Korea said last week it had tested its innovative intercontinental ballistic missile yet, which was capable of reaching the United States.
White House national security adviser H.R. McMaster stated at the weekend the likelihood of war with North Korea was “increasing each day”.
U.S. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham likewise urged the Pentagon on Sunday to start out moving U.S. military dependents, such as spouses and children, out of South Korea, saying conflict with North Korea was receiving close.
On Wednesday, a U.S. B-1B bomber became a member of the joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises, which are actually called “Vigilant Ace” and can run until Friday.
North Korea, which regularly threatens South Korea, the United States and their allies, has denounced the exercises.
“Recently, as the U.S. is usually conducting the largest-ever joint aerial drill on the Korean Peninsula targeting the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, its high-level politicians happen to be showing alarming signals by producing bellicose remarks one after another,” the North’s foreign ministry spokesman said, employing North Korea’s official name.
“These confrontational war-mongering remarks cannot be interpreted in any other way but as a caution to us to be ready for a war on the Korean Peninsula,” he said.
The rising tensions coincide with a rare visit to the isolated North by United Nations political affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman this week, the highest-level U.N. recognized to go to North Korea since 2012.
North Korean Vice International Minister Pak Myong Guk met Feltman on the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, on Wednesday and discussed bilateral cooperation and
other problems of mutual interest, KCNA stated.