N. Korea says S. Korea-US drills could lead to war

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North Korea warned at the United Na­tions yes­ter­day that the de­ploy­ment of three US air­craft car­ri­ers in joint navy drills with South Korea was fu­elling ten­sions that could lead to nu­clear war.

North Korea’s Am­bas­sador to the UN Ja Song Nam said in a let­ter to UN Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral An­to­nio Guter­res that this was “the worst ever sit­u­a­tion pre­vail­ing in and around the Korean penin­sula”.

The first such de­ploy­ment of three US car­ri­ers since 2007 “is mak­ing it im­pos­si­ble to pre­dict when nu­clear war breaks out due to the US nu­clear war equip­ment” tak­ing up a “strike pos­ture”, he wrote.

The four-day ex­er­cise in the western Pa­cific in­volv­ing the USS Ron­ald Rea­gan, USS Nimitz and USS Theodore Roo­sevelt be­gan on Satur­day and in­cluded seven South Korean ves­sels, with three de­stroy­ers.

Mr Ja said the US had re­ac­ti­vated round-the-clock sor­ties by B-52 strate­gic bombers and was mak­ing fre­quent flights of B-1B and B-2 bombers in the air space of South Korea, AFP re­ported.

“The large-scale nu­clear war ex­er­cises and black­mails... make one con­clude that the op­tion we have taken was the right one and we should go along the way to the last,” he wrote.

Mean­while, the top US ne­go­tia­tor with North Korea ar­rived in South Korea yes­ter­day, a visit that comes as hopes rise for an eas­ing of ten­sions on the penin­sula in the wake of US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s visit and a lull in mis­sile test­ing.

Special Rep­re­sen­ta­tive for North Korea Pol­icy Joseph Yun will meet South Korean and in­ter­na­tional of­fi­cials, ac­cord­ing to the US State Depart­ment, al­though there is no in­di­ca­tion his visit will in­clude talks with the North, Reuters re­ported.

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