Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

No plane, helicopter, for South Korea's Kim assassination unit

No plane, helicopter, for South Korea's Kim assassination unit

Quoting an unnamed spokesman from the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (CPRC and DPRK, respectively), KCNA referred to the USA and South Korean military might as "puppet forces" and warned that a planned December 4. aerial drill is a "war rehearsal [that] is just a grave military provocation".

The report's authors analyzed North Korean procurement data published by the UN Panel of Exports for the last three and a half years. -South Korean military exercises that it claims are preparations for an invasion of the reclusive country. "But at the same time, there is absolutely no reason to be alarmed", the Global Times said.

The F-22 Raptor multi-role fighter was created by Boeing and Lockheed Martin and was made operational by the US Air Force in 2005.

South Korea is expected to increase defense spending by 7% in 2018 to almost US$40 billion. On Sunday, the North's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification called US President Donald Trump "insane" and warned that the drill would "push the already acute situation on the Korean peninsula to the brink of nuclear war". Beijing is Pyongyang's major ally and trading partner, but many experts have cast doubt on the actual amount of influence Chinese officials have over their North Korean counterparts. The president then announced the Wednesday after that he had already spoken to China's President Xi Jinping and that "major sanctions" would be imposed on North Korea.

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However he did not say who the payments were made to or how large they were and as yet the Turkish government has not responded. Erdogan said: "Turkey has no plans against the United States, but it is clear that the USA has plans against us".

The U.S. Air Force will send a number of B-1B Lancer bombers to South Korea on Wednesday to take part in a week-long joint military exercise following Pyongyang's latest missile test, according to Yonhap News Agency.

The North Korean Army's test firing of the Hwasong-15, its most advanced intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) to date has put the regime closer to striking the U.S. with nuclear weapons.

"The two sides also exchanged views on relations between the two parties and the two countries, and on the Korean Peninsula issue and other issues of common concern", Xinhua said. Jeffrey Feltman, the UN's undersecretary-general for Political Affairs, will meet with officials and discuss "issues of mutual interest and concern", during a trip that's scheduled to end Friday, the United Nations said.

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