South Korean military launches special unit to 'decapitate' Kim Jong

Air Force F-22 Raptor taking off Monday from an air base in Gwangju South Korea. Credit Yonhap via Associate

Air Force F-22 Raptor taking off Monday from an air base in Gwangju South Korea. Credit Yonhap via Associate

Graham's remarks echoed those of McMaster, who told a security forum in Washington on Saturday that the potential for war with North Korea "is increasing every day".

The North's latest statement also comes days after North Korea test-fired a brand new intercontinental ballistic missile, which experts said shows a major advance in technology and threat.

Still, the ability of the new missile to fly higher and longer than others in the past signals the program's intent to develop weapons capable of attacking the US.

North Korea earlier said the 9-axle truck used for the launch of the Hwasong-15 on Wednesday was 100 percent a domestic product.

Tensions were on the rise Sunday ahead of the largest ever US-South Korea air exercise, with Pyongyang calling it an "all-out provocation" that could lead to nuclear conflict as a US lawmaker warned of a growing likelihood of "preemptive war" on the divided peninsula.

"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. A minimum of nine votes are needed to win such a vote and China, Russia, the United States, Britain and France can not wield their vetoes.

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With one month of its two-year UN Security Council term remaining, Japan took up the rotating presidency on Friday ahead of a series of meetings to discuss the situation in North Korea. And, much to our regret, that they try to pull the Japanese and the South Koreans in the same direction.

"More than 230 fighters from the US air force bases in Japan and South Korea including its latest stealth fighters F-22 Raptor and F-35, the USA major strategic assets as well as some 12,000 US troops are to participate in the said drill", said the spokesman.

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.

"We feel very strong that it (the North's nuclear development) needs to be stopped and we are obviously not looking for a military solution ourselves", he said. "They will be the first victims if a war is started on the Korean peninsula".

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