North Korean officials uttered “war” on Wednesday, stating that an “outbreak of war” is an “established fact” at this point, according to Fox News.
Pyongyang issued the warning just hours after a B-1B supersonic bomber flew over North Korean territory.
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“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 U.S. high-level politicians amid such circumstances have made an outbreak of war on the Korean peninsula an established fact,” an unnamed Foreign Ministry spokesman said through the state’s Korean Central News Agency. “The remaining question now is: when will the war break out.”
A spokesman from the country’s foreign ministry went on to say that North Korea doesn’t “wish for war, but shall not hide from it.”
“We will surely make the U.S. dearly pay the consequences with our mighty nuclear force which we have consistently strengthened,” the spokesman said.
The U.S. and South Korea conducted annual drills on Wednesday. The B-1B bomber flew from Guam to South Korea and was apparently supposed to be one of two. Officials said the second bomber had maintenance issues on the runway.
“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 drills occurred just a few days after North Korea tested an ICBM that the country claims can reach any city in the United States.