War is inevitable in the Korean peninsula, the only question is when, said a North Korean foreign ministry spokesman as US flew a B-1B supersonic bomber on Wednesday over South Korea as part of a combined five-day aerial exercise called Vigilant Ace which ends on Friday.
Besides B-1B aircraft, F-22 Raptor fighter jets, F-35 stealth jets and F-16 fighter planes joined the exercises on Wednesday.
North Korea sees such massive drills and “bellicose remarks” by US leaders as a provocation to spark an armed conflict, the official told North Korea’s state-run news agency KCNA. Drills like Vigilant Ace are creating a serious situation on the peninsula and if a war breaks out, the US will be “burnt to death by the fire”, he said.
While both Washington and Seoul claim the drills are of a defensive nature, they are staging simulations drills of precision attacks on North Korean military installations. The drills began as a tit-for-tat response to North’s Korea’s test of an intercontinental missile late last month.
The day US and South Korea began their joint war games, a Chinese air force official said China’s navy conducted drills while flying near the Korean border to gather military intelligence. This could be a message to the US and South Korea that their provocations must stop.
Responding to the participation of B-1B supersonic bomber in Vigilant Ace, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told media in Beijing that the parties involved should not escalate tensions in the peninsula.
In another development, UN political affairs chief, Jeffrey Feltman, made a rare visit to North Korea on Wednesday and held talks with North Korean Vice Foreign Minister, Pak Myong-guk, KCNA reported.