Tensions increased along the Korean Peninsula over the weekend as US stealth fighters prepared for a joint army drill with South Korea, and North Korea criticized the united states due to its “nuclear war mania.”
North Korea made many statements about actions taken by the united states over the weekend.
North Korea’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement read on state Television that President Donald Trump and his administration are “begging for nuclear war” by participating in what the statement termed as an “extremely dangerous nuclear gamble,” reported CNN.
The statement also said that if the Korean peninsula and the world were to be pushed to nuclear war, the united states would be “fully responsible” due to its “reckless nuclear war mania.”
Then on Sunday, commentary run by state Television called this week’s US-South Korea joint air exercises certainly are a “dangerous provocation” pressing the spot “to the brink of a nuclear war,” according to CNN. North Korean media frequently threaten the united states and its allies and blames the united states for tensions on the peninsula.
The US and its ally South Korea started their largest cooperative air exercise in history, dubbed ” Vigilant Ace,” on Monday
The US Air Force said in a statement that F-22 and F-35 stealth jets had moved into South Korea over the weekend in preparation for the joint drill. Around 230 aircraft and 12,000 US personnel are be taking part in the week-long exercise which will include even more stealth jets than ever before.
Based on the US Air Force, the move is made to raise the “combat effectiveness” of the alliance.
White House national security adviser HR McMaster said on Saturday that the probabilities for nuclear war on the peninsula are continuing to grow, CNN reported.
“I think it’s increasing every day, which means that we are in a race, really, we are in a race to be able to solve this problem,” McMaster said in a meeting in California, when asked whether North Korea’s intercontinental ballistic missile launch last week had increased the chance of war.
McMaster also said that North Korea represents the “the greatest immediate threat to the United States.”