N. Korea says Trump `begging' for nuclear war with drills

Saul Bowman
December 4, 2017

White House national security adviser HR McMaster says the U.S. is in a race to address the threat from North Korea.

"I see no evidence of the investigation in any way impeding the important work that we are doing", McMaster told Fox News host Bret Baier at the Reagan National Defense Forum at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif.

With every missile launch or nuclear test, Kim has improved his country's capabilities, McMaster said.

The United States, Britain, France and six other countries on Friday requested a meeting of the UN Security Council on human rights abuses in North Korea, which is already under fire for its missile and nuclear tests. Since fleeing the isolated empire in 2010, she said she has suffered chronic pain as a result of living near North Korea's Punggye-ri nuclear testing site.

McMaster also reassured Americans who plan on traveling to South Korea for the Winter Olympics this coming February; "Americans should feel safe because we have an extraordinarily ready and capable military and that military is getting stronger every day".

Pyongyang condemned the scheduled annual drill.

McMaster made the comment when asked if North Korea's launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile Tuesday had increased the chance of war.

While condemning the latest test, the Kremlin's Peskov said: "We hope that all the sides involved are able to preserve calm, which is so necessary to avoid the situation on the Korean peninsula sliding towards a worst-case scenario".

"What matters is the fact that the drill simulating an actual war is to be staged at a time when insane President Trump is running wild", a commentary carried by the official Korean Central News Agency said.

He said that the United States had been "jolted" at the strengthening of North Korea's nuclear force and could attempt to commit "robber-like" provocative acts. The exercises come after the North fired an intercontinental ballistic missile last Wednesday.

A landmark 2014 United Nations report on North Korean human rights concluded that North Korean security chiefs - and possibly Kim himself - should face justice for overseeing a state-controlled system of Nazi-style atrocities. "This would be the most destabilizing development I think in the post-World War II period".

But analysts remain unconvinced that it has mastered the advanced technology to allow the rocket to survive re-entry to the Earth's atmosphere.

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