Further signs of looming United States war with North Korea

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Analysts in South Korea say the visit is a significant gesture for North Korea.

Perry told President Kim Dae-jung that the USA had planned for a military confrontation and that "with the combined forces of the ROK and USA, we can undoubtedly win the war".

And on Thursday, two B-1s joined Vigilant Ace, a massive US and South Korea aerial exercise involving 230 aircraft, 12,000 personnel, and the US's top stealth jets.

It's the same old story, but every week it seems to become just a little less about posturing and a little more about real preparation for calamitous warfare.

He underscored the worldwide community's commitment to achieving a peaceful solution, the statement said. "The outbreak of war is not in any side's interest".

Seddon warned that "the drumbeat for a potentially devastating war on the Korean Peninsula, and one that could quickly spread with calamitous consequences, has grown louder" following North Korea's most recent test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) last week.

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Jeffrey Feltman, the United Nations undersecretary-general for political affairs, met with Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho on the second full day of the highest-level United Nations visit to the North since 2010.

"I am not trying to excuse this [North Korean] launch", Lavrov said during his speech before the OSCE.

KCNA said Pyongyang considers the joint drills part of a USA "scheme to make a surprisingly preemptive nuclear strike" on North Korea. Of course now it will get more hard to create conditions for renewing the dialogue.

Lavrov said he had passed on Pyongyang's desire for direct talks to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson when the two met on the sidelines of a conference in Vienna on Thursday. Following North Korea's nuclear test in September, he said, "T$3 he United States acted as if they wanted to provoke them [Pyongyang] for a new risky venture. We are ready to support that, we are ready to take part in facilitating such negotiations", he said. If North Korea signals a willingness to negotiate, now that Kim has declared that he has "realized the great historic cause of completing the state nuclear force", how will the US respond?

"An all-out war with North Korea, nuclear war, even if China and Russian Federation did not enter", Perry said, "could still entail casualties approximating those of World War I or even World War II".

Jeffrey Feltman's four-day trip to the North - the first by such a high-ranking United Nations diplomat since 2010 - kicked off less than a week after North Korea said it test-fired a new ballistic missile capable of reaching the US. However, amid the extreme tensions on the Korean Peninsula generated by the Trump administration's reckless and provocative threats against North Korea, the remarks point to a hothouse in the White House as war is being discussed daily.

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