USA threats make war unavoidable in Korean peninsula, says North Korea

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The article notably said President Donald Trump is "running wild", "insane" and "bluffing" when condemning inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM) tests.

The North Korean Army's test firing of the Hwasong-15, its most advanced intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) to date has put the regime closer to striking the United States with nuclear weapons.

But with the U.S. using its best planes to message North Korea, and Pyongyang demonstrating missiles that experts assess can hit anywhere in the USA, it's unclear just how much higher tensions on the Korean Peninsula could escalate.

In this photo taken during a joint exercise to counter WMDs held in Pocheon, just north of Seoul, South Korean and USA soldiers march at a training site. Asked about the bomber's flight, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said, "We hope relevant parties can maintain restraint and not do anything to add tensions on the Korean peninsula".

North Korea routinely uses strong language to denounce U.S.

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"We can not say war will come, but in situations like this, China has to educate people more about nuclear weapons", Zhang told the paper.

The rising tensions coincide with a rare visit to the isolated North by United Nations political affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman this week, the highest-level U.N. official to visit North Korea since 2012.

Euan Graham, director of the International Security Program at Sydney's Lowy Institute, said continued North Korean nuclear and missile testing had been pushing South Korea and the USA closer together, undermining efforts by China to improve relations and increase its influence in the region ahead of the THAAD deployment. -South Korean military exercises that it claims are preparations for an invasion of the reclusive country. "The timing of this high-profile announcement by the PLA [People's Liberation Army] is also a warning to Washington and Seoul not to provoke Pyongyang any further", said military expert Li Jie in an interview with the South China Morning Post. North Korea's increasing nuclear and missile capability would top the agenda, it said.

"Through the exercise, the South Korean and USA air forces have demonstrated the alliance's strong will and capability for strong retaliation against North Korea's nuclear and missile threats", South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said, according to Yonhap.

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