Kim Jong-un has warned Donald Trump he is pushing North Korea to the brink of nuclear war after the US and South Korea conducted a life-fire exercise on peninsula. The test was in response to North Korea’s successful attempt to fire an intercontinental ballistic missile last week. The test sparked global alarm as it suggested North Korea now possessed an ICBM capable of reaching Alaska, a major milestone for reclusive, nuclear-armed state.
Saturday’s drill, designed to ‘sternly respond’ to potential missile launches by North, saw 2 US bombers destroy ‘enemy’ missile batteries and South Korean jets mount precision strikes against underground command posts. The North’s state-run Rodong newspaper accused Washington and Seoul of ratcheting up tensions with the drill, in an editorial titled ‘Don’t play with fire on a powder keg’. ‘The United States, with its dangerous military provocation, is pushing the risk of a nuclear war on the peninsula to a tipping point’ it says, describing the peninsula as the ‘world’s biggest tinderbox.’ During Saturday’s drill, long-range B-1B Lancer bombers reportedly flew close to the heavily-fortified border between 2 Koreas and dropped 2’000 pound bombs. Pyongyang described the joint drill as a ‘dangerous military gambit of warmongers who are trying to ignite the fuse of a nuclear war on peninsula.’ ‘A small misjudgment or error can immediately lead to the beginning of a nuclear war, which will inevitably lead to another world war’ it says. Tension has been high as the United States administration under President Donald Trump and the North’s regime under leader Kim Jong-Un have exchanged hostile rhetoric for months. Tension further escalated after Tuesday’s ICBM test, a milestone in the North’s decades-long quest for weapons capable of reaching the United States. The impoverished, isolated country has staged 5 nuclear tests, including 2 last year and has made a significant progress in its missile capability under Kim, who took power in 2011. In another drill held after ICBM test, United States and South Korean troops fired ballistic missiles simulating an attack on the North’s leadership ‘as a strong message of warning’ the South’s military told at the time. The United States Missile Defense Agency said Friday it would soon test an anti-ballistic missile system in Alaska.