N. Korea says U.S. threats make war unavoidable

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"The ones that will suffer the most are ordinary people", said Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang in a statement. "It is a trite method employed by aggressors to mount a sudden preemptive attack while pretending to conduct war drills", the article said.

But amid North Korea's and the US's escalating rhetoric and military pressure, one option has emerged that's only slightly less desirable than all-out combat: perpetual brinkmanship.

"We do not wish for a war but shall not hide from it", a spokesperson said, in response to a question from a KCNA journalist.

An article in North Korea's ruling party's mouthpiece Rodong Sinmun on Tuesday accused the US of trying to provoke a second Korean war and planning a pre-emptive strike.

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Tensions have risen markedly in recent months over North Korea's development, in defiance of repeated rounds of UN sanctions, of nuclear-tipped missiles capable of reaching the United States.

The ministry's spokesman labeled the U.S. behavior "confrontational warmongering", saying they are pushing Korea to the brink of war.

"Through the drill, the South Korean and U.S. air forces displayed the allies" strong intent and ability to punish North Korea when threatened by nuclear weapons and missiles, ' the South Korean military said in a statement. The U.N. did not offer detail as to the subject of the talks, but Feltman is expected to also meet foreign minister Ri and U.N. staff based in the country, the Associated Press reported.

The huge war games follow three intercontinental ballistic missile tests just days before.

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Yang Uk, a senior fellow at the Korea Defence and Security Forum, said B-1Bs would be key to any strike targeting major North Korean facilities.

The flights by the B-1B, one of the US' largest strike aircraft, have played a leading role in Washington's attempts to increase pressure on North Korea to abandon its weapons programmes.

Both sides insist they don't want war, while saying they will act to defend themselves.

The number of jets in the air between the US and South Korea is 230. The president then announced the Wednesday after that he had already spoken to China's President Xi Jinping and that "major sanctions" would be imposed on North Korea.

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United Nations political affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman arrived in Pyongyang for a four-day visit Tuesday, the first time a high-ranking United Nations official visited the country since 2012.

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