Two B-1B Lancers stage drills on western coast of Korean peninsula

Two B-1B Lancers stage drills on western coast of Korean peninsula

"The ones that will suffer the most are ordinary people", said Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang in a statement.

In the latest in a series of sinister statements, the dictator's spokesman said nuclear war on the Korean Peninsula had become a matter of when, not if.

"Series of violent war remarks coming from the US high-level politicians amid such circumstances have made an outbreak of war on the Korean peninsula an established fact", the spokesperson said.

But North Korea has a problem there.

The exercise has been slammed by North Korea, which said the drills prove that US President Donald Trump is "begging" for nuclear war.

It is reported by South Korean joint chiefs of staff.

'We do not wish for a war but shall not hide from it, and should the USA miscalculate our patience and light the fuse for a nuclear war, we will surely make the U.S. dearly pay the consequences with our mighty nuclear force which we have consistently strengthened'.

One B-1B strategic bomber was deployed on the Korean peninsula to carry out the U.S Pacific Command's "Continuous Bomber Presence (CBP) mission", U.S. Air Force confirmed to NK News, adding that the drill was not part of Vigilant Ace 18.

Meanwhile Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said North Korea wants direct talks with the United States to seek guarantees on its security, something Moscow was ready to facilitate.

The huge war games follow three intercontinental ballistic missile tests just days before.

Kim with North Korean troops. Their exercise was simulated to target key North Korean facilities including nuclear and missile sites.

A B-1B Lancer bomber of the U.S. Air Force flies over Korea in formation with the allies' fighter jets on December 6, 2017, in this photo provided by South Korea's Air Force.

The weekend saw both White House national security adviser H.R. McMaster and U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham of SC say chances of war with Pyongyang were growing.

As tensions soar, such drills are increasingly provocative, but also increasingly risky, with the ever-present threat that North Korea will interpret a drill as a real attack and retaliate, starting a full-scale war. The Pentagon said it has "no intent" to move out any dependants.

"We know that North Korea wants above all to talk to the United States about guarantees for its security". Some analysts and diplomats hope his visit could spark a UN-led effort to defuse tensions.