Imagery Shows Latest North Korean Missile Larger, More Powerful

Imagery Shows Latest North Korean Missile Larger, More Powerful

Kerry Wise
December 4, 2017

US President Donald Trump and his administration are "begging for nuclear war", North Korea's Foreign Ministry said Saturday.

The war games follow reports on Saturday of the establishment by South Korea's military of a "decapitation unit" tasked with neutralising the North's leadership - including Kim Jong-un - and destroying nuclear and missile facilities if war breaks out.

"More than 230 fighters from the US air force bases in Japan and South Korea including its latest stealth fighters F-22 Raptor and F-35, the USA major strategic assets as well as some 12,000 US troops are to participate in the said drill", said the spokesman.

"We're getting close to military conflict because North Korea is marching toward marrying up the technology of an ICBM with a nuclear weapon on top that cannot only get to America, but deliver the weapon".

Since 2006, North Korea has carried out six nuclear tests, including two previous year.

It flew 600 miles (950 km) before splashing down in waters near Japan and is potentially capable of striking targets as far as 8,100 (13,000 km), which would put Washington within reach.

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"It wouldn't be in anybody's interest to have a large-scale conflict with Russia", McMaster said, adding also that "what we need to do is find areas of cooperation with Russia, so Russian policies are focused".

Cloaked with the world's most advanced stealth coating, the F-22s and F-35s would likely be called upon to lead a potential air campaign against North Korea should the situation escalate to the point of using military force, experts say. "We're in a race to be able to solve this problem". A furious commentary published in a state-run newspaper said Trump had displayed his "true colors as an old lunatic, mean trickster and human reject" during his visit to the Korean Peninsula.

But the national security adviser said Kim was extremely unlikely to change his behavior "without some significant new actions in the form of much more severe sanctions" and "complete enforcement of the sanctions that are in place".

North Korea on Tuesday broke a two-month lull in weapons testing.

Western analysts said it is more likely the truck was one of about half a dozen vehicles obtained years ago from China, which North Korea has modified since then.