BREAKING NEWS Out Of NORTH KOREA

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North Korea accused the “gangster-like” United States of staging a “surprise nuclear strike drill” after two bombers flew over the Korean Peninsula in a show of force ahead of President Trump’s visit to Asia.

The B-1B bombers based on the U.S. territory of Guam — which Pyongyang has previously threatened — were escorted by two South Korean F-16 fighter jets during the exercises Thursday near South Korea’s eastern coast, a South Korean military official told the Associated Press on Friday

The drills simulated attacks on land targets, but did not involve live weapons, the official added. North Korea sees the exercises between the two allies as a preparation for war.

“The gangster-like U.S. imperialists are ceaselessly resorting to their frantic nuclear threat and blackmail to stifle the DPRK with nukes at any cost,” the North’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported.

“On Thursday they let a formation of B-1B nuclear strategic bombers stationed at the Anderson Air Force Base on Guam stealthily fly into south Korea again to stage a surprise nuclear strike drill targeting the DPRK,” it added, using the official name for the reclusive nation.

The KCNA said the bombers flew into the Sangdong firing range “to conduct a nuclear bomb dropping drill simulating attack on major targets of the DPRK.”

“The reality clearly shows that the gangster-like U.S. imperialists are the very one who is aggravating the situation of the Korean peninsula and seeking to ignite a nuclear war,” it added.

The goal of Trump’s visit will be to increase international support for efforts to deprive North Korea of resources as leverage to coerce it to give up nuclear weapons, U.S. officials said.

“The president recognizes that we’re running out of time (to deal with North Korea) and will ask all nations to do more,” White House national security adviser H.R. McMaster told reporters at a briefing in Washington.

McMaster said Trump, who has approved a variety of sanctions against North Korea while pressing China to do more, was at the beginning of his drive for Pyongyang to give up nuclear weapons. Trump has warned he would “totally destroy” North Korea if it threatened the United States.

“I think we have to be a little patient here for at least a few months to see what more we and others can do, including China,” said McMaster. “I don’t think we need to reassess our strategy now. I think we have to give it a couple of months, a few months, and then see what adjustments we might need to make.”

Seoul held a National Security Council meeting on Friday to discuss possible unilateral sanctions against Pyongyang, and may announce the measures ahead of Trump’s arrival in South Korea, a presidential official said.

“The United States has wanted the South Korean government to take further steps to sanction the North. Unilateral sanctions by South Korea wouldn’t have much practical impact but have a symbolic importance,” the official said.

U.S. officials said earlier this week a decision may be made for the three carriers to carry out a joint exercise to coincide with Trump’s trip.

KCNA said the combination of the bomber drills with the presence of the carrier groups underscored the gravity of the situation.

“The U.S. imperialists are making last-ditch efforts to check the dynamic advance of the DPRK by deploying their nuclear strategic assets in succession, but its army and people are never frightened at such moves,” KCNA reported, referring to North Korea by the initials for its official name.

“The U.S. imperialist warmongers should not act rashly.”

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