Former US Defense Secretary expresses concern about Trump's NK tweets

Former US Defense Secretary expresses concern about Trump's NK tweets

Two U.S. Air Force bombers flew over North Korea on Tuesday night, in a demonstration aimed at deterring North Korean military activity on the 72nd anniversary of the regime's ruling party, Reuters reported.

The two US Air Force B-1B bombers were joined by two F-15K fighters from the South Korean military after leaving their base in Guam, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement on Wednesday.

North Korea did not conduct any launches or tests on Tuesday's anniversary.

Tensions have soared between the United States and North Korea following a series of weapons tests by Pyongyang and a string of increasingly bellicose exchanges between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The US bombers had taken off from the Andersen Air Force Base in Guam. Trump's Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Mick Mulvaney, later said that the president was telegraphing with the statement that "military options are on the table".

The Pentagon also declined to comment specifically on reports of the potential breach, but spokesman Col. Robert Manning said on Tuesday that the U.S. is "confident in the security of our operations plans and our ability to deal with any threat from North Korea".

"It is the steadfast will of all the service personnel and people of the DPRK to shower fire on the U.S. which cried out for totally destroying the DPRK and settle accounts with the showdown with the USA that has lasted century after century by dint of unprecedented strategic force", North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho told a delegation from Russia's TASS news agency on Wednesday, according to an English dispatch from the North's Korean Central News Agency.

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Pictured: North Korea's intermediate-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 lifting off from the launching pad at an undisclosed location near Pyongyang.

In a surprising sign of weakness, the commentary also says that if North Atlantic Treaty Organisation would join the United States in the Korean Peninsula it would "change the balance of forces" against it.

But the contingency plan for the South's special forces was stolen, he said, as well as details about annual joint military drills with the United States and information on key military facilities and power plants.

The defense minister announced, meanwhile, that a group of Australian military forces will soon arrive in South Korea as part of its Indo-Pacific defense activities. North Korea carried out its sixth nuclear test, reportedly detonating a hydrogen bomb, on September 3, calling it a "perfect success".

Former US President Jimmy Carter has intervened successfully in North Korea in the past and could prove acceptable to the isolated nation's dictator Kim Jong Un as a peace negotiator. China's influential Global Times tabloid expressed alarm at how far the rhetoric on both sides had gone and how it had increased the risk of a "fatal misjudgment".

Separately, the Navy said a US submarine that is capable of firing Tomahawk cruise missiles and torpedoes made a port call Saturday at the USA base in the South Korean city of Chinhae.

And while there are many in Washington who are willing to explore the possibility of talks, it is less clear whether President Donald Trump will personally be in favor of a former U.S. leader taking the spotlight.

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