N. Korea crit­i­cizes U.S. show of force

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korean state me­dia have sharply crit­i­cized a re­cent prac­tice bomb­ing run by two U.S. B-1B bombers on the Korean penin­sula, call­ing it a dan­ger­ous move rais­ing the risk of nu­clear war.

A com­men­tary Sun­day in the rul­ing party’s Rodong Sin­mun news­pa­per ac­cused the U.S. of “reck­less mil­i­tary provo­ca­tions” and said the dan­ger of nu­clear war is reach­ing an ex­treme pitch. The com­men­tary was re­ported on in English by the state Korean Cen­tral News Agency.

Two U.S. Air Force bombers re­leased in­ert weapons Fri­day on a train­ing range in South Korea. South Korean F-15 and U.S. F-16 fighter jets joined them in the drill. The bombers also flew with Ja­panese F-2 fighter jets over the East China Sea on their way back to An­der­sen Air Force Base in Guam.

The 10-hour mis­sion came three days af­ter North Korea tested an in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal bal­lis­tic mis­sile on July 4. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and the lead­ers of South Korea and Ja­pan is­sued a joint state­ment con­demn­ing the launch.

U.S. mil­i­tary of­fi­cials de­scribed the bomber mis­sion as a de­fen­sive show of force and unity that demon­strated “the iron­clad U.S. com­mit­ment to our al­lies.”

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