U.S. sends warplanes to South Korea in show of force against North

Countering North Korea's relatively formidable surface-to-air missile defense capabilities, stealth American F-22s, F-35s and B-2 bombers would likely lead a joint air campaign with the help of Japanese and South Korean F-15 or F-16 fighters, he said. North Korea insists its nuclear weapons are necessary to protect it from invasion, and it has traditionally threatened attacks in retaliation for perceived attempts to undermine Kim's government.

It said the mission had emphasized the "combined ironclad commitment to the defense of Allies and the USA homeland" and offered up "viable and ready military options".

Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel called for a peaceful solution to mounting tensions between the USA and North Korea, which continues to develop nuclear and ballistic weapons in defiance of United Nations sanctions.

June: North Korea fired four surface-to-ship cruise missiles into the Sea of Japan.

State news anchor Ri Chun Hee hailed the test as a "perfect success" and the final step in attaining a "state nuclear force". It won't unmake North Korea as a nuclear military power, and it won't deter Iran from becoming one, at the latest at the end of the ten-year life of the shabby agreement President Obama sponsored with that terrorism-supporting country.

The North Korean People's Army takes part in a target-striking contest commanded by Kim Jong Un.

The United States flew some of its most advanced warplanes - including two nuclear-capable bombers - to South Korea on Thursday for bombing drills intended as a show of force against North Korea.

In early August, the president spoke of "fire and fury" if North Korea so much as threatened the United States - which it promptly did.

Thousands of USA soldiers are stationed in South Korea and Japan.

"We will continue developing ballistic missile defense technologies to stay ahead of the threat as it evolves", said Lt. Gen. Sam Greaves, the director of the Missile Defense Agency.

August: Ballistic missile fired from submarine crashes into Sea of Japan.

North Korea had earlier threatened to fire a salvo of Hwasong-12s toward Guam, which is home to key USA military bases and strategic long-range bombers the North finds threatening.

The launch came on the heels of two missile tests last month that appeared to bring much of the United States mainland within reach, prompting Trump to threaten Pyongyang with "fire and fury".

Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said sanctions alone "cannot fundamentally resolve the issue", amid reports the three countries were pushing for new restrictions on North Korean oil imports and foreign workers.

It is perfectly understandable that the US administration would publicly acquiesce in this conventional wisdom; as it warns Kim that there will be repercussions to his provocations, in order to build the record of having put him on notice without rattling his demented overconfidence of his invulnerability.

The ruling Democratic Party excoriated the North, saying its latest nuclear test is a "self-defeating act".

The meeting, now scheduled for Monday at 10 a.m. ET, was announced as UN Secretary-General António Guterres condemned the North Korean test as "profoundly destabilizing for regional security".

Jean-Yves Le Drian called the situation following a string of missile tests by Pyongyang "extremely serious" and urged the reclusive state to turn to dialogue to ease spiralling tensions.

  • Jack Mann