North Korea's Rodong newspaper says the next drill is an "open and total provocation that can lead to a nuclear war at any moment"
Published at 4:59 PM, December 03, 2017  Updated at 4:59 PM, December 03, 2017
JOINT. South Korea and US soldiers watch from an observation post during a live simulated joint fire between South Korea and the US. UU In the Seungjin fire training camp. Photo by Jung Yeon-Je / AFP
Seoul, South Korea – North Korea On Sunday, December 3, he criticized the United States and South Korea as "warmongers" on the eve of their largest joint air exercise, saying that unleash a nuclear war.
The comments came as White House National Security Adviser HR McMaster warned of the "growing" possibility of war with the impoverished but armed with nuclear weapons from the North.
The five-day Vigilant Ace drill – involving some 230 aircraft, including the F-22 Raptor Stealth Warriors – begins Monday, December 4, 5 days after North tested an intercontinental ballistic missile believed to be capable of the continental United States UU A new challenge for President Donald Trump.
The ruling party Rodong newspaper of the ruling party closed the next exercise.
"It is an open and total provocation against the DPRK, which can lead to a nuclear war at any moment," he said in an editorial on Sunday, using the official name of the North.
"The puppet war monitors of the United States and South Korea would do well to keep in mind that their military exercises led by the DPRK will be as foolish as an act that precipitates their self-destruction," he said.
The commentary was published a day after the Foreign Ministry of Pyongyang accused the Trump administration of "begging for nuclear war" by organizing what they called air drills.
McMaster said that the possibility of war with the North "increased every day."
"I think it's increasing every day, which means … we're in a race to be able to solve this problem," he said in a forum on Saturday, December 2.
"There are ways to approach this problem, except the armed conflict, but it is a race because it is getting closer and closer, and there is not much time left," he said.
The North says that the Hwasong-15 missile fired on Wednesday may be tilted with a "super-large heavy warhead" capable of striking the entire continental US. UU
But badysts remain unconvinced that they have mastered advanced technology to allow the rocket to survive re-entry into Earth's atmosphere.
The months-long nuclear confrontation between Kim and Trump has fueled concerns of another conflict, after the 1950-53 Korean War left most of the peninsula in ruins.
But even some Trump advisers say that US military options are limited when Pyongyang could launch an artillery bombardment on the capital of South Korea, Seoul, about 50 kilometers from the border and home to 10 million people. – Rappler.com