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JULY 13, 2017

     North Korea has been a threat to the world for some time - they have to be put in check. As the U.S. looks towards securing a strong U.N. Security Council resolution responding to North Korea’s missile launch, Pyongyang on Sunday ratcheted up the rhetoric, warning of a nuclear conflict and “another world war.”  North Korea’s foreign ministry also signaled that the U.S. could expect more “gift packages” of various types, feeding into concerns that the regime may be planning more launches – or possibly the first nuclear test of the Trump era.

     The latest statements came after live-fire drills on Friday involving U.S. and South Korean aircraft, including two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer heavy bombers which flew to the peninsula from Guam.  Accusing the U.S. of “playing with fire,” the Rodong Sinmun regime organ said that “a simple misjudgment or mistake may lead to the outbreak of a nuclear war and that, in turn, is sure to lead to a new world war.”

     U.S. Pacific Command linked the deployment of the supersonic B-1B Lancers directly to the July 4 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launch, and said it was “part of the continuing demonstration of the ironclad U.S. commitment to our allies against the growing threat from North Korea’s ballistic missile and nuclear programs.”  “Let me be clear,” said Pacific Air Forces commander Gen. Terrence O’ Shaughnessy. “If called upon we are trained, equipped and ready to unleash the full lethal capability of our allied air forces.”
 
 
 

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