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Demonstration of US strength against North Korea

Ⓒ AFP – handout – | Photo provided on 31 August 2017 by the South Korean
Ministry of Defense showing bombers and US and South Korean
stealth fighters during joint military exercise over South
Korea

Heavy bombers and stealth fighters from the US military
participated on Thursday in South Korea to a real-life
ammunition exercise in a demonstration of strength after the
Pyongyang missile fire over Japan.

Japan’s hover over an intermediate-range Hwasong-12 was a
further escalation in the crisis on the peninsula after two
intercontinental missile launches that seem to put much of the
American continent within reach of Pyongyang’s weapons.

While the launch was unanimously condemned by the UN
Security Council, foreign capitals are divided on how to deal
with North Korea.

Tokyo and London pledged on Thursday to strengthen the “pace
of sanctions” against Pyongyang, while Beijing, the main
support of North Korea, denounced calls for new sanctions.

Ⓒ KCNA VIA KNS/AFP – STR – | Photo taken on August 29, 2017 and provided on 30
August by the North Korean official KCNA agency of a Hwasong-12
missile shot at an unspecified location

In the meantime, two B-1B bombers from the US Guam territory
in the Pacific and two F-35B sailors from the Iwakuni base in
Japan took part in an exercise in South Korea Four South Korean
fighters.

“South Korean and US air forces have conducted an airspace
ban exercise to confront the repeated fire of ballistic
missiles by North Korea and the development of its nuclear
weapons,” he said. Said the South Korean Air Force in a
statement.

– Computer simulations –

The exercise took place in Gangwon province, 150 kilometers
south of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), which borders the two
Koreas.

Overflights of the peninsula by B-1Bs never fail to arouse
Pyongyang’s anger, which had evoked them by announcing his plan
to fire four missiles near Guam.

Ⓒ KCNA VIA KNS/AFP – STR – | Photo provided on 30 August 2017 by the official North
Korean KCNA agency showing North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un
observing the firing of a Hwasong-12 missile over Japan in an
unspecified location

With US President Donald Trump threatening to unleash “fire
and anger” on Pyongyang and North Korean shooting on Tuesday,
tensions have intensified since early August.

A spokesman for the South Korean Air Force said the exercise
had nothing to do with the annual “Ulchi Freedom Guardian”
(UFG) military maneuvers that ended on Thursday.

Tens of thousands of South Korean and American soldiers took
part in these maneuvers largely based on computer simulations
for nearly two weeks.

These annual exercises are seen by Pyongyang as the
provocative repetition of the invasion of its territory. Every
year, he warns of the threat of military reprisals.

On Thursday, Beijing denounced the “destructive role” of
“some countries” accused of sabotaging any negotiating effort
with North Korea, telling Washington, London and Tokyo that the
diplomatic channel was necessary.

– ‘Not a video game’ –

Ⓒ AFP – Gal ROMA – | Major missile strikes by North Korea in 2017

“Some countries selectively ignore the demands of dialogue
and only talk about sanctions,” said Hua Chunying, spokesman
for the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

“While China and others are promoting peaceful talks, they
are hindering us, hitting us and stabbing us” in the back, she
added as Washington, Tokyo and London are likely to target
Including North Korean oil purchases.

The North Korean Nuclear Crisis “is not a film scenario or a
video game, it is a real situation that weighs on regional
peace,” she added.

Donald Trump, who first warned Tuesday in a diplomatic tone
that “all options” were on the table, hinted Wednesday that the
diplomatic option was doomed to failure.

“For 25 years, the United States has been discussing with
North Korea and paying for blackmail. Discussing is not the
solution,” he said.

Speaking quickly tempered by his
Minister of Defense Jim Mattis. “We are never short of
diplomatic solutions,” he said.

North Korea justifies its military ambitions by the need to
protect itself from the United States. According to analysts,
its ballistic program has made considerable progress despite
seven UN sanctions.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has announced Tuesday that
“more ballistic missile training in the future with the Pacific
will be targeted”, in remarks reported on Wednesday .

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