US B-1B bomber holds attack drills in Korean peninsula

The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan conducts joint drills with the South Korean navy at sea

The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan conducts joint drills with the South Korean navy at sea

"Although the specific location of the drills was not revealed, military affairs specialist Song Zhongping said the air force may have flown over sensitive areas of China's air defence identification zone (ADIZ) over the East China Sea that overlaps with Japanese and South Korean airspace", the South China Morning Post reported.

The bomber flew from the Pacific U.S. -administered territory of Guam and joined U.S. F-22 and F-35 stealth fighters in the annual exercises, which run until Friday.

Calls to redeploy USA tactical nuclear weapons to South Korea have grown especially among the country's conservative political parties amid North Korea's repeated nuclear and ballistic missile tests.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said the visit would discuss "international and regional issues of common concern" including "increasing communication and coordination on the Korean peninsula nuclear issue".

B-1 flights represent the US's go-to response for North Korean provocations, such as missile tests, and the bomber flights draw a strong, sometimes dangerously escalating response from Pyongyang.

A state-run newspaper in northeastern China's Jilin city, which is near the border with North Korea, published a full page of "common sense" advice that was meant to keep its readers alive in the case of attack.

The official also reiterated North Korea's insistence that its nuclear weapons program is for self-defense, saying "we do not wish for a war but shall not hide from it".

"There is a slim chance that the United States or North Korea will intentionally launch military attacks at China as they have no grounds".

North Korea typically uses strong language when commenting on U.S.

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. While the USA military aircraft conducted simulated strikes, the South Korean warplanes actually dropped MK-82 bombs. The State Department said on Tuesday he was not carrying any message from Washington. 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". The president then announced the Wednesday after that he had already spoken to China's President Xi Jinping and that "major sanctions" would be imposed on North Korea. China is North Korea's lone major ally and fears widespread instability on its border.

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