A day later, a commentary by Pyongyang's Rodong Sinmun newspaper, published by the Korean Central News Agency, said that joint US-South Korea air exercises scheduled Monday through Friday are a "dangerous provocation" that pushes the region "to the edge of a nuclear war."
"I think it's increasing every day, which means that we're in a race, actually, we're in a race to be able to solve this problem," McMaster told an audience at Reagan National. Defense Forum in Simi Valley.
McMaster made the comment when asked if North Korea's launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile on Tuesday had increased the chances of war.
"There are ways to approach this problem without armed conflict, but it is a race because it is getting closer and closer, and there is not much time left," said McMaster, referring to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
With each missile launch or nuclear test, Kim has improved the capabilities of his country, said McMaster.
The air combat exercise begins
Meanwhile, the South Korean media showed six F-22 Raptors from the US Air Force. US, Washington's best stealth fighters, who arrived in South Korea on Saturday to participate in the Ace 18 vigilante aerial combat exercise, an annual US simulation. UU.-South Korea that according to the US Air Force UU It is designed to increase the "combat effectiveness" of the alliance.
230 aircraft and 12,000 US personnel participate. UU And South Korea's week-long exercise, according to a statement from the US Air Force. UU
A South Korean defense official confirmed to CNN on Sunday that the United States is sending dozens of fighter jets, bombers and aircraft to support the exercises.
US aircraft that have landed in South Korea include six F-22s, six F-35s, six EA-18Gs, "the official said." More than 10 F-15Cs and F-16s have also been deployed to the drill. "
These aircraft will remain in South Korea during the week, and will be joined by more F-35bs, the Marine Corps version, based in Japan, B-1 bombers and warning system aircraft. E-3 Airborne Control (AWACS) that will fly to join the war games and then return to elsewhere, the officer said.
But the poachers that experts say are the biggest threat to Pyongyang.
Covered with the most advanced invisible coating in the world, the F-22s and F-35s will likely be called on how to lead a potential air campaign against North Korea if the situation increases to the point of using military force, experts say. 19659014] North Korea: new missile H wasong-15: What the photos show ” src-mini=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/badets/171129205345-04-nk-missile-launch-kcna-via-ap-small-169.jpg” src-xsmall=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/badets/171129205345-04-nk-missile-launch-kcna-via-ap-medium-plus-169.jpg” src-small=”https://cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/badets/171129205345-04-nk-missile-launch-kcna-via-ap-large-169.jpg” src-medium=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/badets/171129205345-04-nk-missile-launch-kcna-via-ap-exlarge-169.jpg” src-large=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/badets/171129205345-04-nk-missile-launch-kcna-via-ap-super-169.jpg” src-full16x9=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/badets/171129205345-04-nk-missile-launch-kcna-via-ap-full-169.jpg” src-mini1x1=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/badets/171129205345-04-nk-missile-launch-kcna-via-ap-small-11.jpg” data-demand-load=”not-loaded” data-eq-pts=”mini: 0, xsmall: 221, small: 308, medium: 461, large: 781″/>
While the armed forces of North Korea maintain capable anti-aircraft weapons, their radar systems could not detect the poachers before an attack against those defensive systems.
Rodong Sinmun's comment said that the aerial war games show "the enemy The moves of the ies to start a nuclear war have reached a dangerous stage"
"It is an open and total provocation against the DPRK, which it can lead to a nuclear war at any time, "he continued.
But also put bravado in the presence of the F-22 and F-35.
"The stealth fighters that both enemies brag about will not escape the fate of a tiger moth," said North Korea's comment. 19659002]
Threat from North Korea to the continental United States
The exercises come less than a week after Pyongyang fired an intercontinental ballistic missile that it claims can reach "totality" " from United States.
A The US official said on Saturday that the technical badysis of that missile's flight is ongoing, but that "the North Koreans had problems re-entering."
It is likely that the ballistic missile, fired higher than any other North Korean missile, would break when it returned – the atmosphere of the Earth entered, the official said.
Still, the ability of the new Miss The fact of flying higher and higher than others in the past indicates North Korea's intention to develop weapons capable of attacking the US. UU
At the California forum, McMaster said it was extremely unlikely that Kim would change his behavior "without some significant new actions in the form of much tougher sanctions" and "full compliance with existing sanctions."
He pushed China to do more, including the elimination of oil imports from North Korea.
"We ask China not to do us or someone else a favor," he said. "We ask China to act in the interests of China, as they should, and we believe more and more that it is in China's urgent interest to do more."
Ryan Browne, Barbara Starr and Zachary Cohen of CNN contributed to this report.