North Korea Says Latest US Military Drill Pushes Two Countries Closer to ‘Brink of Nuclear War’

Leah Barkoukis
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Posted: May 02, 2017 8:24 AM
North Korea Says Latest US Military Drill Pushes Two Countries Closer to ‘Brink of Nuclear War’

North Korea said Tuesday the United States’ latest military training drill heightened tensions in the region and is bringing the two countries closer to war..  

"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, according to Reuters.

The United States flew two supersonic B-1B Lancer bombers in the region during a training drill.

North Korea conducted another missile test on Saturday, its third launch in April alone, which reportedly failed soon after launch, and its Foreign Ministry said Monday the country will speed up measures to bolster its nuclear program "at the maximum pace."

A statement circulated by North Korea's U.N. Mission says the government is ready to respond to any option taken by the United States.

President Trump said after North Korea's latest failed rocket launch that communist leader Kim Jong-Un will eventually develop better missiles, and "we can't allow it to happen."

In a taped interview broadcast Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation," the president would not discuss the possibility of military action, saying: "It is a chess game. I just don't want people to know what my thinking is."

On Monday, Trump told Fox News he would not be drawing a red line on North Korea, but said if he has to act, he will.