China's air force drills warn US, South Korea

China Will Abandon North Korea

China Will Abandon North Korea

The article - reminiscent of USA public service announcements made at the height of the Cold War - comes in the week that the US and South Korea take part in their largest ever join military drill, which has been declared by Kim Jong Un's rogue state as an "open, all-out provocation" that could push the Korean Peninsula to the "brink of war".

The article didn't name North Korea or any other military power, despite their proximity.

North Korea last week tested what it called its most advanced intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that could reach all of the United States.

North Korea hates the B-1 bomb runs and have threatened to shoot the plane down.

B-1 flights represent the US's go-to response for North Korean provocations, such as missile tests, and the bomber flights draw a strong, sometimes dangerously escalating response from Pyongyang.

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said Wednesday the Guam-based bomber simulated land strikes at a military field near South Korea's eastern coast during a drill with USA and South Korean fighter jets.

But with the U.S. using its best planes to message North Korea, and Pyongyang demonstrating missiles that experts assess can hit anywhere in the United States, it's unclear just how much higher tensions on the Korean Peninsula could escalate.

China's vice minister of Foreign Affairs Zheng Zeguang was to meet Matt Pottinger, the head of Asian affairs at the White House's National Security Council, on Thursday to discuss North Korea and trade, a senior U.S. official said.

The United States and South Korea deployed THAAD, a USA missile defense system, that is strongly opposed in Beijing.

The US's F-22 is fully stealth and North Korea likely can't hope to down it.

Yang Uk, a senior fellow at the Korea Defence and Security Forum, said B-1Bs would be key to any strike targeting major North Korean facilities.

Both sides insist they don't want war, while saying they will act to defend themselves.

Washington has said it remains open to talks if North Korea demonstrates it is serious about giving up its nuclear weapons but that its recent activities showed it was not. The Pentagon said it has "no intent" to move out any dependants. The United States stations 28,500 troops in the South, a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean War.

"The remaining question now is: when will the war break out?" it said in a statement carried by North Korea's official KCNA news agency.

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