When the US and South Korea were busy conducting the annual air power exercise over the Korean Peninsula, China staged exercises above the Yellow and East Seas, areas in which it has never flown before.
War on the Korean Peninsula is now inevitable thanks to America's "confrontational warmongering remarks", North Korea warned late Wednesday.
Jeffrey Feltman, the undersecretary general for political affairs at the United Nations, toured the Pyongyang Children's Foodstuff Factory and then the Breast Tumour Institute of the Pyongyang Maternity Hospital and Preventive Hospital No. 3 of the Ministry of Public Health, the North's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.
"The remaining question now is: when will the war break out", the spokesman said. "We are not hoping for a war but we are also not hiding from one".
The B-1B Lancer bomber flew from Guam and joined the massive joint aerial drills over the peninsula on Wednesday, according to South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS).
The Federation Council press service reported that during the conversation, the Federation Council committee head and the North Korean ambassador to Russia exchanged opinions on the massive drills now conducted by the United States and South Korea, as well as on North Korea's missile nuclear program. North Korea has consistently described the B-1B as a "nuclear strategic bomber", although the plane was converted to carry conventional weaponry in the mid-1990s.
Diplomacy is not the answer to North Korea and action by China is the next step, says a retired U.S. Army general.
The Pentagon said it has "no intent" to move any dependants out of the country.
Six U.N. agencies, with approximately 50 worldwide staff, are represented in North Korea.
Military observers, in fact, took notice recently when parasites were discovered in the stomach of a North Korean soldier who defected to South Korea, suggesting even front-line troops are enduring awful conditions as they operate near the DMZ.
US President Donald Trump has said the whole of North Korea would be destroyed in the event of war.
Pompeo said Saturday that US intelligence agencies believe North Korean leader Kim Jong Un doesn't have a good idea about how tenuous his situation is domestically and internationally. China opposes North Korea's nuclear program but sees Pyongyang as a buffer against US forces stationed in the South.