UNfriendly: North Korea's Kim Jong-un Shuns UN Visitor

Frederick Owens
December 9, 2017

The warning was most likely a response to the major US-South Korean air drill that began earlier this week.

Earlier, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) released a statement of North Korea's foreign ministry official that said that the statements made by American high-profile officials and the joint drills conducted by the US and South Korea show that Washington is trying to trigger war on the Korean Peninsula which North Korea will not be hiding from.

A statement from the country's foreign ministry said the outbreak of war is an "established" fact and the only remaining question is when it will happen, Reuters reports.

"These confrontational warmongering remarks can not be interpreted in any other way but as a warning to us to be prepared for a war on the Korean peninsula", the spokesperson is reported as saying. North Korea has consistently described the B-1B as a "nuclear strategic bomber", although the plane was converted to carry conventional weaponry in the mid-1990s.

North Korea, which denounces such drills, said at the weekend that the recent war game pushed tensions on the peninsula toward "a flare-up".

It's not immediately known what the two discussed but Korean Peninsula issues, including the North's nuclear and missile programs, are expected to have been on the agenda. It also labeled US President Donald Trump as "insane".

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McMaster's remarks even saw Republican Senator Lindsey Graham say it was necessary to move all the United States military dependents out of the peninsula for fear of war breaking out.

The Associated Press said that Jeffrey Feltman, UN undersecretary-general for political affairs, met with Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho on the second day of his visit.

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

North Korea's latest missile test prompted a warning from the United States that North Korea's leadership would be "utterly destroyed" if war were to break out, a statement that drew sharp criticism from Russian Federation.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo also said Saturday that USA intelligence agencies believe North Korean leader Kim Jong Un doesn't have a good idea about how tenuous his situation is domestically and internationally.

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