Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

North Koreans are suffering from mysterious 'ghost disease' after nuclear tests

North Koreans are suffering from mysterious 'ghost disease' after nuclear tests

The drills come a week after North Korea said it had tested its most advanced intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the United States, as part of a weapons program that it has conducted in defiance of global sanctions and condemnation.

Zhang Liangui, a professor of worldwide strategic research at ChinaÂ's Central Party School, said: "North Korea has fired a new missile that can reach the United States and the U.S. is conducting large scale navy drills with South Korea".

A South Korea official said on Tuesday that the North's leader may make the completion of its nuclear program official in his New Year's message.

"The large-scale nuclear war exercises conducted by the succession are creating touch-and-go situation on the Korean peninsula and series of violent war remarks coming from the USA high-level politicians amid such circumstances have made an outbreak of war on the Korean peninsula an established fact".

The B-1B Lancers were dispatched from Guam, where they are stationed as part of America's "Continuous Bomber Presence" mission in the Asia Pacific.

North Korea has condemned the drills, threatening to take action against the US and its regional allies.

North Korea is under the toughest sanctions yet in its history, but embargoes aren't stopping the regime from selling the works of state-commissioned painters outside the country.

The US has previously deployed bombers as a show of force after North Korean missile or nuclear tests.

North Korea, which regularly threatens South Korea, the United States and their allies, has denounced the exercises.

North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Pak Myong Guk met Feltman on Wednesday in the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, and discussed bilateral cooperation and other issues of mutual interest, KCNA said.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in will visit China next Wednesday for a summit with his counterpart Xi Jinping, Seoul's presidential Blue House said. It's not clear how a nuclear payload would affect flight time but North Korea is said to be close to readying a warhead, at least a small one, for an ICBM, North Korea watchdog 38 North has reported.

North Korea said that further escalation through joint drills "will only invite more awful retaliation and precipitate their self-destruction". -South Korean military exercises that it claims are preparations for an invasion of the reclusive country.

However, it is standard practice for the U.S. to send two B-1Bs to the peninsula after North Korean provocations. China is North Korea's lone major ally and fears widespread instability on its border.

Commenting on North Korea's latest launch of a long-range missile last week, Sen.

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