Korea tensions rise ahead of US-South Korea joint military drill

Go Wan Hyeok has created what he claims is South Korea's first fully-nuclear proof bunker to provide safety in case Kim Jong-un launches an atomic warhead

The unit is made of about 1,000 elite soldiers and is expected to act as a strong deterrent against the reclusive Pyongyang regime.

South Korea's military is pushing for a broader three-pronged defense platform against the North's threats and provocations - the Kill Chain pre-emptive strike system, the Korean Air and Missile Defense (KAMD), and the Korea Massive Punishment and Retaliation (KMPR) scheme.

North Korea on Wednesday fired a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) which Seoul says is capable of flying 13,000 kilometers, declaring that it has completed the "state nuclear force".

The statement came after Yonhap News reported that six US Raptor stealth fighters planes arrived in South Korea on Saturday for a joint air drill named "Vigilant Ace" scheduled for December 4 to 8.

North Korea has been eligible for even harsher sanctions since US President Donald Trump declared it a designated state sponsor of terrorism last month, and White House National Security Advisor H.R McMaster has admitted the newspaper editorial's warning of war was credible. Throughout the training about 12,000 personnel will demonstrate wartime defenses and airstrikes on mock North Korean nuclear and missile targets.

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.




A South Korean defense official confirmed to CNN on Sunday that the U.S. is sending dozens of high-end fighters, bombers and support aircraft to the drills. The larger size of the first and second stages allows the missile to fly a greater distance with a larger payload.

Graham said he has had extensive discussions with the Trump administration about the situation.

The Rodong Sinmun commentary said the aerial wargames show "the enemies' moves to start a nuclear war have reached a risky stage".

The North says the Hwasong-15 missile can be tipped with a "super-large heavy warhead" capable of striking the whole USA mainland.

The Hwasong-15 is believed to have reached the highest altitude ever recorded by a North Korean missile. "But what we want to do is convince others, it is in their interest to do more", McMaster said.

He pushed China to do more, including cutting off North Korean oil imports.

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