North Korea warns of nuclear war after US bombing drill

North Korea’s state-controlled media has condemned US bombing drill on the Korean peninsula and warned that the move could spark a nuclear war.

An editorial published in state newspaper Rodong Sinmun Sunday accused the US of “military provocations” which are raising the threat of nuclear conflict to an extreme level. One newspaper claimed that Kim Jong Un’s regime was “waiting for the moment it will reduce the whole of the U.S. mainland to ruins.”

On Friday, two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer supersonic strategic bombers conducted live-fire drills at the Pilsung Range in South Korea’s eastern Gangwon province. The exercise involved simulated destruction of an enemy ballistic missile launcher and underground facilities.

The bombers flew from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam and were joined by South Korean F-15 fighter jets and USAF F-16 fighter jets over Korean peninsula. En route back to Guam, the B-1Bs also conducted a bilateral exercise with Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) F-2 fighter jets over the East China Sea.

The US military said the drill “demonstrated America’s ironclad commitment to the defense of our allies”.

The exercise came three days after North Korea conducted the test launch of Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on July 4.

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