US bombers stage North Korea show of force

North Korea nuclear crisis | US bombers have flown close to North Korea's east coast in a belligerent show of force after Trump's UN speech

23 September 2017, 9:06pm
US bombers have flown close to North Korea's east coast to demonstrate the military options available to defeat any threat
US bombers have flown close to North Korea's east coast to demonstrate the military options available to defeat any threat
US bombers have flown close to North Korea's east coast to demonstrate the military options available to defeat any threat, the Pentagon said.

It said the flight was the farthest north of the demilitarised zone between the Koreas that any US fighter jet or bomber had flown in the 21st Century.

Tensions have risen recently over Pyongyang's nuclear programme.

At the UN, North Korea's foreign minister said US President Donald Trump was on a "suicide mission".

Ri Yong-ho's comments to the General Assembly mimicked Trump's remarks at the UN on Tuesday, when he called North Korean leader Kim Jong-un a "rocket man on suicide mission".

Ri added that "insults" by Trump - who was, he aid, "mentally deranged and full of megalomania" - were an "irreversible mistake making it inevitable" that North Korean rockets would hit the US mainland.

Shortly before his address, the Pentagon announced that the show of force underscored "the seriousness" with which the US took North Korea's "reckless" behaviour, calling the country's weapons programme a "grave threat".

"This mission is a demonstration of US resolve and a clear message that the president has many military options to defeat any threat," it said in a statement.

"We are prepared to use the full range of military capabilities to defend the US homeland and our allies."

The flight follows a week of heated rhetoric between the leaders of both countries.