Hawaii introduces nuclear air raid drills as tensions with North Korea escalate

Hawaii introduces nuclear air raid drills as tensions with North Korea escalate

The drills follow reports last week that North Korea had successfully conducted another ballistic missile launch across Japan as the country continues to pursue its nuclear ambitions, as it continues to threaten both the US and South Korea with wholesale nuclear destruction.

"Through the exercise, the South Korean and US Air Forces have demonstrated the alliance's strong will and capability for strong retaliation against North Korea's nuclear and missile threats", the JCS said.

South Korea's military also plans to launch a combat unit of weaponised drones called "dronebots" next year, the Yonhap news agency reported citing an unnamed official.

"The large-scale nuclear war exercises conducted by the U.S.in succession are creating touch-and-go situation on the Korean peninsula and series of violent war remarks coming from the US high-level politicians amid such circumstances have made an outbreak of war on the Korean peninsula an established fact".

On Wednesday, a U.S. B-1B bomber joined the joint U.S. Chinese Air Force spokesperson Shen Jinke appeared on China Central Television (CCTV) on December 5 to say that the Chinese Air Force had conducted drills in the Yellow Sea (known in South Korea as the West Sea) and in the East China Sea.

Thirteen of them, including Angola, Cuba, Mozambique, Tanzania, Iran, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Syria, have been linked with North Korea's military.

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Trump's view of how China has reacted to North Korea's actions, as judged by his tweets, has run the gamut.

The US has previously deployed bombers as a show of force after North Korean missile or nuclear tests.

North Korea issued threats in advance of a planned aerial drill on December 4 involving USA and South Korean forces in the region, but America and its ally have responded by going right on ahead with it.

North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Pak Myong Guk met Feltman in the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, on Wednesday and discussed bilateral cooperation and other issues of mutual interest, KCNA said. Last time it was done in November shortly before the US President Donald Trump's visit to South Korea as part of his Asia tour.

However, a recent analysis by the Pentagon has determined that a ground invasion of North Korea would be the "only way" to fully disarm the country of its nuclear arsenal. China is North Korea's lone major ally and fears widespread instability on its border.

The move comes shortly after North Korea launched its first missile test in two months.

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