North Korea warns joint US-South Korea military drill risks nuclear war

Kristopher Drake
December 4, 2017

"So I want them (the Pentagon) to stop sending dependents and I think it's now time to start moving American dependents out of South Korea", Graham said.

North Korea has warned that a "reckless" joint military drill by the United States and South Korea could spark a nuclear war.

U.S. Air Force aircraft arrived in South Korea on Saturday to participate in a joint aerial drill just a week after North Korea launched a ballistic missile.

Amid growing tensions, Washington's National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster says the North's nuclear program is the "greatest immediate threat" to the United States - that the risk of war with North Korea is growing every day, and that Washington is in a race to find a solution.

The war games follow reports on Saturday of the establishment by South Korea's military of a "decapitation unit" tasked with neutralising the North's leadership - including Kim Jong-un - and destroying nuclear and missile facilities if war breaks out.

A South Korean defense official confirmed to CNN on Sunday that the USA is sending dozens of high-end fighters, bombers and support aircraft to the drills.


Cloaked with the world's most advanced stealth coating, the F-22s and F-35s would likely be called upon to lead a potential air campaign against North Korea should the situation escalate to the point of using military force, experts say.

Graham said this development showed conflict is approaching.

It is scheduled to last five days and comes less than a week after the rogue state's latest intercontinental ballistic missile test, which Pyongyang claimed was capable of hitting the USA mainland.

One U.S. intelligence official told Reuters the Hwasong-15 test appears to demonstrate a more powerful North Korean solid-fuel propulsion system, especially in its second-stage rocket.

He pushed China to do more, including cutting off North Korean oil imports. A minimum of nine votes are needed to win such a vote and China, Russia, US, Britain and France can not wield their vetoes.

"I would need to see a bit more differences to fully believe they made this themselves", Dave Schmerler, a research associate at the James Martin Centre for Nonproliferation Studies, said of the launch transport vehicle.

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