McMaster: Potential for war with North Korea 'increasing every day'

McMaster: Potential for war with North Korea 'increasing every day'

"The US aircraft that have landed on South Korea include six F-22s, six F-35s, six EA-18Gs", the official said.

About 12,000 US personnel and 230 aircraft will take part in the drill.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un thanked workers during a visit to a factory that built the tires for a huge vehicle used to transport a new intercontinental ballistic missile that was test-launched this week, the country's media reported yesterday.

U.S. Air Force aircraft arrived in South Korea on Saturday to participate in a joint aerial drill just a week after North Korea launched a ballistic missile.

From the USA side, White House national security adviser HR McMaster told a conference in California on Saturday that the chances for war on the Korean Peninsula grow daily.

Senator Lindsey Graham, a foreign policy hawk, told CBS' "Face the Nation" the United States moves closer to "preemptive war" with every new North Korean missile or nuclear test.

North Korea's nuclear test are spreading a "ghost disease" that is deforming babies and sickening civilians exposed to radiation, defectors said in a report published Sunday. It has been set up under the South Korean army's Special Warfare Command.

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It flew 600 miles (950 km) before splashing down in waters near Japan and is potentially capable of striking targets as far as 8,100 (13,000 km), which would put Washington within reach.

"North Korea is continuing to pursue its ICBM in a methodical and pragmatic manner, making progress in incremental steps", said Joseph Bermudez from 38 North, a Washington-based North Korea monitoring project.

"Our initial analysis of the photos showed that there were clear differences between the Hwasong-15 and Hwasong-14 in terms of the looks of the warhead, the joint of the first and second stages of the missile, and overall size", Roh told a briefing on Thursday.

But the national security adviser said Kim was extremely unlikely to change his behavior "without some significant new actions in the form of much more severe sanctions" and "complete enforcement of the sanctions that are in place".

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"We're asking China not to do us or anybody else a favor", he said.

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