North Korea on Wednesday called an upcoming nuclear war on the Korean Peninsula an “established fact” in its latest saber-rattling against the U.S. and South Korea.
“The large-scale nuclear war exercises conducted by the U.S. in succession are creating [a] touch-and-go situation on the Korean Peninsula,” an unnamed spokesman for North Korea’s Foreign Ministry said.
“And [a] 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,” they continued. “The remaining question now is: when will the war break out?”
“We do not wish for war but shall not hide from it, and should the U.S. miscalculate our patience and light the fuse for nuclear war, we will surely make the U.S. dearly pay for the consequences with our mighty nuclear force which we have consistently strengthened.”
The official’s comments were carried Wednesday by North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency.
The ominous remarks came hours after the U.S. flew a B-1B supersonic bomber over South Korea as part of a massive combined aerial exercise boasting hundreds of warplanes.
South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the bomber simulated land strikes at a military field near its eastern coast during a drill with U.S. and South Korean fighter jets.
“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 five-day military drills started Monday, with six U.S. F-22 and 18 F-35 stealth fighters participating.
North Korea last month carried out its latest intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test, its third of 2017.
The trials have raised fears that North Korea is making progress on creating a nuclear arsenal capable of striking the U.S.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.