Ex-US defense secretary open to nuclear armament of S. Korea, Japan

U.S. Air Force EA-18G Growler fighter jets fly over the Osan U.S. Air Base in Pyeongtaek South Korea Monday Dec. 4 2017. Hundreds of aircrafts including two dozen stealth jets began training Monday as the United States and South Korea launched their

U.S. and South Korea Hold Large Scale Military Exercises as War Fears Grow AP

In a tit-for-tat show of military might, South Korea and the United states have this week held air combat drills - a week after Pyongyang tested an intercontinental ballistic missile that it claims puts the U.S. within its reach.

Defector Lee Jeong-hwa said, 'So many people died we began calling it "ghost disease". According to him, this is the first time that the USA sends six Raptor to South Korea at once, which may indicate the intention to exert pressure on the DPRK by demonstrating the strength of the two allies.

While Perry was in office, the USA and North Korea signed an agreement to halt the regime's nuclear weapons program in exchange for economic aid.

North Korea is under the toughest sanctions yet in its history, but embargoes aren't stopping the regime from selling the works of state-commissioned painters outside the country.

Previously, North Korea threatened to shoot down B-1s flying even outside its airspace and to loft missiles at Guam, where the B-1s are based.

A United Nations spokesman said Feltman will discuss "issues of mutual interest and concern" with Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho and Vice Minister Pak Myong Guk during his visit, which ends on Friday - as does the military drill.

North Korea warned that war has become "an established fact" as it lashed out Thursday against US bombing drills and recent tough talk by Trump administration officials. On Sunday, the North's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification called US President Donald Trump "insane" and warned that the drill would "push the already acute situation on the Korean peninsula to the brink of nuclear war". That includes North Korea's top trading partner, China, as well as Germany, Brazil, India and France.

The number of jets in the air between the US and South Korea is 230. Chinese experts believe that this exercise targeted the Vigilant Ace-18 joint exercises launched by the South Korean and American air forces on December 4.

Russia also has communication channels open with North Korea and is ready to exert its influence, the RIA news agency quoted Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov as saying on Tuesday.

Feltman's trip - the first by a UN diplomat of his rank since 2010 - comes less than a week after North Korea test-fired a new ballistic missile said to be capable of reaching the United States.

It says its weapons programs are a necessary defense against US plans to invade.

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