North Korea says US threats make war unavoidable as China urges calm

07 Décembre, 2017, 16:33 | Auteur: Armand Coulomb
  • US Air Force F-16 fighter jets fly over the Osan US Air Base in Pyeongtaek South Korea Monday Dec. 4
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"The remaining question now is: when will the war break out?" the spokesman said late on Wednesday in a statement carried by North Korea's official KCNA news agency.

After the missile launch, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley warned North Korea it would be "utterly destroyed" if it went to war with America, and Trump tweeted that "additional major sanctions will be imposed" on the reclusive nation.

The United States currently has no plan to move military dependents out of South Korea despite rising tensions with North Korea, the Pentagon said Tuesday. A day earlier, McMaster said the risk of war with North Korea is "increasing every day".

"The dirty secret of analyzing satellite imagery or satellite data is that none of it makes any sense unless you have some cultural knowledge", said Lewis.

Part of the plan involves a unit designed to target the North Korean leadership in the event of a war, a special mission brigade composed of around a thousand soldiers.

For North Korea watchers, the quality of pictures is crucial.

In something reminiscent of the Cold War era, the Jilin Daily used a colorful comic Wednesday to tell readers to wear masks and take iodine tablets to prevent radioactive iodine from collecting in their thyroid glands.

"Vegetables grown in it are considered more delicious than others", Lee said.

"We rely on the United States to strike enemy bases and are not looking at making any changes to how we share our roles", he added. "The ones that will suffer the most are ordinary people".

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To remove radioactive contamination on the body, one should vigorously wash garments and swab the ears, nose and mouth, the paper advised.

The South's defense budget for 2017 came to KRW40.3 trillion, the first time it exceeded KRW40 trillion since the country's founding.

The flights by the B-1B, one of America's largest strike aircraft, have played a leading role in Washington's attempts to increase pressure on North Korea to abandon its weapons programmes.

However, the US State Department made it clear Monday that it will not resume dialogue with the North, saying, "It is not enough for (North Korea) to stop its program where it is today".

North Korea is competing against Japan, China and South Korea in the E-1 Football Championship, which starts Friday.

That prompted North Korea's foreign minister, Ri Yong Ho, to warn that the North could shoot down the US bombers even if they did not enter North Korean airspace.

China has rejected military intervention and called for an end to the war of words between Washington and Pyongyang.

The latest high-profile defection has drawn attention to the tragic health conditions in North Korea, leading to calls in South Korea for health assistance to the North.

The Trump administration has vowed to deny North Korea the capability of striking the U.S. homeland with a nuclear-tipped missile.

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