North Korea says war is unavoidable after United States military drills

South Korean Media: US B-1B Bombers to Fly Over Peninsula

More than 200 planes and thousands of troops are involved in the Vigilant Ace aerial exercise, which ends on Friday and had been planned before North Korea's latest missile launch. "We are ready to support that, we are ready to take part in facilitating such negotiations", Interfax news agency quoted Lavrov as saying.

"Recently, as the U.S. is conducting the largest-ever joint aerial drill on the Korean peninsula targeting the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, its high-level politicians are showing alarming signs by making bellicose remarks one after another", the North's foreign ministry spokesman said, using North Korea's official name.

But China has been vocal in its criticism of North Korea's nuclear and missiles programme, as well as attacking the USA and South Korea for ratcheting up tensions.

Unlike other countries, North Korea usually does not announce its missile tests which means they come without warning or known flight path, .

Chinese President Xi Jinping tapped Song Tao, a senior diplomat, to visit North Korea after the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China's (CPC) national congress concluded in mid-October and endorsed Xi for a second five-year term.

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 USA official said.

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The KCNA earlier reported that he met North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho and visited United Nations project sites Thursday. North Korean officials rarely brief the media on the content of discussions with foreign dignitaries.

"We do not wish for a war but shall not hide from it, and should the United States 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".

White House national Security Advisor HR McMaster told Fox News Sunday: "If necessary, the president and the US will have to take care of it, because he has said he's not going to allow this murderous rogue regime to threaten the U.S". He said Trump was prepared to take action against North Korea but was working to convince China, Russia and others to do more to press Pyongyang to get it to give up its weapons programs.

The South Korean defense budget for next year has increased by 7 percent from 2016-the biggest expansion in the military budget since 2009.

North Korea regularly threatens to destroy South Korea, the United States, and Japan.

Jilin Daily, a newspaper in northeast China, published the article on Wednesday, covering issues related to self-protection against nuclear radiation, South Korean news service News 1 reported.

Some analysts and diplomats hope his visit could spark a United Nations -led effort to defuse tensions. The remaining question now is: "when will the war break out", a spokesperson for North Korea's foreign ministry said Wednesday in commentary provided by state news agency KCNA.

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