North Korea says a nuclear war on the Korean Peninsula has become a matter of when, not if, as it continued to lash out at the ongoing joint military exercise between the United States and South Korea involving hundreds of advanced warplanes.
“The large-scale nuclear war exercises conducted by the US in succession are creating touch-and-go situation on the Korean peninsula and series of violent war remarks coming from the US high-level politicians amid such circumstances have made an outbreak of war on the Korean peninsula an established fact. The remaining question now is: when will the war break out,” said a North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman.
“We do not wish for a war but shall not hide from it, and should the US miscalculate our patience and light the fuse for a nuclear war, we will surely make the US dearly pay the consequences with our mighty nuclear force which we have consistently strengthened,” he added.
The official also claimed high-ranked US officials, including CIA Director Mike Pompeo, have further confirmed American intent for war with a series of “bellicose remarks.”
The official alleged that Pompeo provoked the country by “impudently criticizing our supreme leadership which is the heart of our people.”
The comments were carried by the official Korean Central News Agency late on Wednesday, hours after the United States flew a B-1B supersonic bomber over South Korea as part of the military exercise.
South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the Guam-based bomber simulated land strikes at a military field near South Korea’s eastern coast during a drill with US and South Korean fighter jets.
“Through the drill, the South Korean and US air forces displayed the allies’ strong intent and ability to punish North Korea when threatened by nuclear weapons and missiles,” the South Korean military said in a statement.
A defiant North Korea has tested three intercontinental ballistic missile, clearly moving closer toward building a nuclear arsenal that could viably target the US mainland.
The five-day drill that began on Monday involve more than 200 aircraft, including six U.S. F-22 and 18 F-35 stealth fighters.
(With inputs from agencies)