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China says military means not an option to resolve North Korea situation

China says military means not an option to resolve North Korea situation”

North Korea's foreign minister accused US President Donald Trump on Monday of declaring war on his country and warned that Pyongyang would defend itself by shooting down US bombers.

On Monday, the North Korean regime has threatened to shoot down USA aircraft flying off its coastline even if they are in worldwide airspace. Ri was reacting to Trump's Twitter comments that Kim and Ri "won't be around much longer" if they acted on their threats toward the United States.

Evans Revere, a former senior diplomat who met with a North Korean delegation in Switzerland this month, said that Pyongyang had been reaching out to "organizations and individuals" to encourage talks with former United States officials to get a sense of the Trump administration's thinking.

'This mission is a demonstration of U.S. resolve and a clear message that the president has many military options to defeat any threat, ' the Defense Department spokesman Dana White said in a statement.

Kim's foreign minister told reporters this past week that the North's response to Trump "could be the most powerful detonation of an H-bomb in the Pacific". "Frankly, the suggestion of that is absurd", she said on Monday.

Calls for Twitter to curtail Trump's use of the platform are not new.

Asked about the North Korean minister's latest remarks, United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric acknowledged the risky spike in tensions, saying: "When you have the rise of tension, the rise of rhetoric, so does the risk of miscalculation".

South Korean President Moon Jae-in urged Kim Jong Un to resume military talks and reunions of families split by the 1950-53 Korean War to ease tension.

His words echoed warnings from the Trump administration that all options were on the table in dealing with North Korea's nuclear and missile development and its threats to have a weapon capable of reaching the continental United States.

During his address to the General Assembly on Saturday, Ri launched a personal attack on Trump, calling him a "mentally deranged person full of megalomania".

The US characterised the flights as extending farther north of the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ), than any US fighter or bomber had gone off the North Korean coast in the 21st century. "But if we take that option, it will be devastating, I can tell you that, devastating for North Korea".

The Pentagon described the mission as a "demonstration of United States resolve and a clear message that the president has many military options to defeat any threat".

Trump also responded to North Korea's threat to shoot down U.S. aircraft on Tuesday.

The Pentagon said B-1B bombers from Guam, along with F-15C Eagle fighter escorts from Okinawa, Japan, flew in global airspace over waters east of North Korea on Saturday.

The bellicose rhetoric comes as global alarm mounts over Pyongyang's weapons ambitions - including a suggestion by Ri last week that the country is considering detonating an H-bomb over the Pacific.

The North Korea crisis appears to have given the hawkish Abe a welcome boost in the polls following a series of scandals.

During a visit to India, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said diplomatic efforts continued.



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