A pair of strategic supersonic B-1B Lancer bombers deployed over the Korean peninsula area in a training drill with the South Korean air force, has heightened tension in the region with North Korea accusing the US of stoking a nuclear war.
North Korea said the bombers conducted “a nuclear bomb dropping drill against major objects” in its territory at a time when Trump and “other U.S. warmongers are crying out for making a preemptive nuclear strike” on the North.
“The reckless military provocation is pushing the situation on the Korean peninsula closer to the brink of nuclear war,” the North’s official KCNA news agency said on Tuesday.
The deployment of the two bombers on Monday came as U.S. President Donald Trump said he was open to meeting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in the appropriate circumstances, even though Pyongyang suggested it would continue with its nuclear tests.
In a related development, the President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte has warned the United States not to play into the hands of North Korea whose head strong leader Kim Jong Un “wants to end the world”.
While advising the US to exercise restraint, Duterte said the Southeast Asia region was extremely worried about tensions between Washington and Pyongyang, and said one misstep would be a “catastrophe” and Asia would be the first victim of a nuclear war.
Duterte who is chairman of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) said he would urge Trump not to get into a confrontation with Kim.