North Korea warns joint US-South Korea military drill risks nuclear war

North Korea warns joint US-South Korea military drill risks nuclear war

Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday that he believes it's time to start moving the families of American military personnel out of South Korea as North Korea pushes the US closer to a military conflict.

North Korea's state-run media say leader Kim Jong Un has visited a factory that makes tires for a launcher vehicle used to carry a new intercontinental ballistic missile.

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.

A parliamentary committee on defense on Saturday approved a resolution to condemn North Korea's latest long-range missile test and its violation of an armistice agreement that ended the 1950-53 Korean War.

From the United States 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. China is North Korea's only significant ally, but it has grown increasingly frustrated over the North's nuclear and missile tests that have brought a threat of war and chaos to China's northeastern border.

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.

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At the tire factory, Kim complimented workers for manufacturing the large-size tires for the nine-axle missile truck without relying on imported equipment and called for efforts to raise production to "satisfy the daily-increasing needs in developing the country's economy and beefing up national defense capabilities", the North's official Korean Central News Agency said Saturday.

North Korea has repeatedly rejected accusations of human rights abuses and blames sanctions for a dire humanitarian situation.

The exercises come less than a week after Pyongyang fired off an intercontinental ballistic missile it claims can reach the "whole" mainland of the United States.

Graham said this development showed conflict is approaching.

The Hwasong-15 is believed to have reached the highest altitude ever recorded by a North Korean missile.

"We are in a race to be able to solve this problem", McMaster said.

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