USA sent two bombers to Korea this week

  • USA sent two bombers to Korea this week

USA sent two bombers to Korea this week

The exercises are an annual event, but come as Pyongyang says it is readying a plan to fire off four "Hwasong-12" missiles toward the US island territory and major military hub.

The North Korean statement also says the military action its army "is about to take" will be effective for restraining America's "frantic moves" in and near the southern part of the Korean Peninsula.

In April the US Air Force lined up dozens of helicopters, tactical fighter jets and surveillance planes on the runway at Kadena airbase in Japan as a show of force aimed at North Korea.

The island's Governor, Eddie Calvo, has offered assurances, saying the island is well-protected, including with the THAAD missile defense system, which is specifically created to shoot down ballistic missiles.

"When you get close to the point of a fight, the one who is stronger and wiser should be the first to step back from the brink", Lavrov said Friday. "Lie flat on the ground and cover your head".

Malacañang on Thursday said contingency plans are in place in case a crisis hits Guam, the tiny United States territory recently thrust into the middle of the growing tension between the USA and North Korea.

"The Hwasong-12 rockets to be launched by the KPA will cross the sky above Shimane, Hiroshima and Koichi Prefectures of Japan".

"We give a strict warning", the spokesman said. He did not elaborate. When the missiles cross Japan, they would also fly far higher than 62 miles above sea level, customarily considered the upper limit of a country's territorial airspace, they said.

"I don't see a military solution and I don't think it's called for", said German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Japan, anxious its ballistic missile defences could be overwhelmed by swarm attacks or circumvented by warheads launched on lofted trajectories, is likely to acquire a ground-based version of the Aegis missile defence system.

On July 6 in Warsaw, he called "all nations to confront this global threat and publicly demonstrate to North Korea that there are consequences for their very, very bad behavior". "I don't understand why people are talking about 'Korea passing, '" the official said, referring to a recent coinage about South Korea being passed over in dealings between North Korea and the US.

This week, North Korea hinted at the possible response when its military threatened to "burn up all the objects" in South Korean provinces near the border, including Seoul, a metropolitan area of 25 million people.

Carl Schuster, a Hawaii Pacific University professor and former director of operations at the U.S. Pacific Command's Joint Intelligence Center, told CNN a single ship equipped with Aegis could probably take out two missiles. He invited the North to participate in next year's Winter Olympics, which South Korea is hosting. "The military action the KPA is about to take will be an effective remedy for restraining the frantic moves of the United States in the southern part of the Korean peninsula and its vicinity".

Previously, Seoul and Washington have described the "Ulchi-Freedom Guardian" drills as a deterrence against an aggressive North. "We pray that no lives will be lost and that both leaders, as well as the other leaders of the world, will calm down and think about their people".

Trump warned on Tuesday that if Pyongyang does not stop threatening the USA, it "will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel described escalation as "the wrong answer", while Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Trump's statements were "very worrying".