USA has no plan to move military dependents out of Korea: Pentagon

USA has no plan to move military dependents out of Korea: Pentagon

The North Korean military issued a statement saying, "Through the drill, the South Korean and United States air forces displayed the allies' strong intent and ability to punish North Korea when threatened by nuclear weapons and missiles".

The defense budget approved Wednesday was raised to almost $40 billion, but only about $312,800 will be used to supply reinforcements to the special brigade that could remove Kim from power, in the event of a strike against Seoul, News 1 reported. Chinese experts believe that this exercise targeted the Vigilant Ace-18 joint exercises launched by the South Korean and American air forces on December 4.

Chinese nuclear expert Wei Shijie said, "It is just a matter of time to detect it, because there are cracks on mountains where radioactive substances will leak". "Not a single person has made that call to us on the North Korea situation yet".

South Korea is expected to increase defense spending by 7% in 2018 to almost US$40 billion.

President Donald Trump has been tightening the screw on North Korea, ramping up sanctions and urging other countries to sever trade links with Kim Jong Un's regime.

The U.S. and South Korea began a five day drill on Monday, which will include attacks against mock North Korean missile launch sites. Seoul, however, has cast doubt on Pyongyang's claim to have completed its nuclear program.

Paintings from North Korea's most celebrated artists are being sold at high prices, with some works priced in the tens of thousands of dollars, according to the report. "Meanwhile, as a powerful nuclear state, China will resolutely return like for like", it said.

On Wednesday, the weeklong drills saw a US B-1B bomber which flew in from Guam, join US F-22s and F-35Bs, and South Korean F-15K fighter jets over the Korean Peninsula.

"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.

The announcement came as a high-level United Nations representative held talks with a senior North Korean official during a rare trip to Pyongyang.

State-run Jilin Daily published a lengthy article with the headline "Knowledge about Nuclear Weapons and Protection", amid strong war rhetoric between North Korea and the USA after a recent long range missile test by Pyongyang.

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