US Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers escorted by fighter jets flew east of North Korea in a show of force after a heated exchange of rhetoric between Trump and Kim over North Korea’s nuclear and missile programmes.
Christine Kim and Michelle Nichols
North Korea remained defiant, aiming for an ‘equilibrium’ of military force with the US, after the UN condemned its missile launches a “highly provocative”.
The decision by South Korea to deploy the anti-missile THAAD system comes amid calls by the United States for harsher sanctions against the nuclear North.
US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said North Korea’s Kim Jong Un was “begging for war” and urged the 15-member UN Security Council to impose the “strongest possible” sanctions to deter him.
North Korea tested two ICBMs in July that could fly about 10,000 km (6,200 miles), putting many parts of the US mainland within range