North Korea nuclear crisis

North Korea says US rehearsing for nuclear strike as bombers fly over South Korean mountain range

PUBLISHED : Friday, 03 November, 2017, 7:37am
UPDATED : Friday, 03 November, 2017, 7:37am

Two US B-1B bombers flew through South Korean airspace and over the country’s Pilsung Range on the latest exercise there on Thursday.

Earlier, North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency said the US military flew bombers near the Korean Peninsula on Thursday local time to “stage a surprise nuclear strike drill” targeting the country.

“The reality clearly shows that the gangster-like US imperialists are the very one who is aggravating the situation of the Korean peninsula and seeking to ignite a nuclear war,” KCNA said.

“The US imperialists are making last-ditch efforts to check the dynamic advance of (North Korea) by deploying their nuclear strategic assets in succession, but its army and people are never frightened at such moves,” it said.

“The US imperialist warmongers should not act rashly,” according to KCNA.

The US Air Force earlier said the drill took place “in the vicinity of the Korean peninsula,” without providing specific locations. It said Japanese and South Korean fighter jets carried out a sequenced mission with the US bombers.

US Air Force spokeswoman Captain Victoria Hight described the drill as taking place over the Pilsung Range, offering additional details about the drill.

Additional reporting by Reuters