USA bombers fly off North Korean coast in show of force

USA bombers fly off North Korean coast in show of force

USA bombers fly off North Korean coast in show of force

Mr Kim said the North would consider the "highest level of hardline countermeasure in history" against the USA and that Mr Trump's comments had confirmed his nuclear programme was "the correct path".

US bombers escorted by fighter jets flew off the North Korean coast in a show of force shortly before Ri Yong Ho strode to the podium to address the United Nations General Assembly in NY, capping an extraordinary week of militaristic threats from both nations in front of an organization founded to maintain worldwide peace and security. "The question of who won't be around much longer will be answered then".

But in a new stage for such show-of-force operations, the Pentagon stressed this was the furthest north of the Demilitarized Zone between the two Koreas that any USA fighter or bomber has flown off North Korea's coast in this century.

At a rally on Friday night in Alabama, Trump called Kim "little rocketman", magnifying the disparaging label he slung in his United Nations speech on Tuesday, in which he threatened the USA would "totally destroy" North Korea in defence of itself or its allies.

"For the past couple of days, we had earnestly hoped that the war of words between North Korea and the USA would not lead to action", Ri Yong Ho said in remarks translated for NPR by journalist Jihye Lee. In an unprecedented personal statement last Friday, Kim called Trump a "mentally deranged United States dotard", and Ri raised the prospect of exploding a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific. He said Kim was on "suicide mission".

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Ri turned around Trump's words Saturday, saying it is the USA president who "is on a suicide mission".

"None other than Trump himself is on a suicide mission", Ri said in broad denunciation of Trump that brought applause from the North Korean delegation.

They listened to speeches from senior officials excoriating the United States and its president. "In case innocent lives of the USA are lost because of this suicide attack, Trump will be held totally responsible". He said Pyongyang has a hydrogen bomb that can fit on an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the U.S.

Ri then said North Korea now has the right to retaliate against USA bombers.

Saturday's mission was the farthest north of the demilitarised zone between North and South Korea that any U.S. aircraft has flown this century.

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Now, China and South Korea have been left squirming on the sidelines, with Kim having been essentially granted his wish: dealing directly with the U.S., which the North believes has the most to give.

In his debut address to the General Assembly, Trump pledged to "totally destroy" North Korea if the United States is forced to protect itself or its allies.

As The Two-Way reported, the tremor occurred near the site where North Korea conducted its most powerful nuclear test earlier this month.

A tremor detected last Saturday near North Korea's underground nuclear-testing site raised fears of another detonation, but South Korean experts said it appeared to have been a natural quake.

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