Tokyo, Japan. The North Korean-US missile standoff continues, while a helpless world waits for one slip up to start a irreversible chain reaction of destruction. The latest round includes the US intentionally provoking the North Koreans with long range bombers.

The United States has been pushing the Korean peninsula to the brink of nuclear war after a pair of strategic US bombers flew over the area in a training drill with the South Korean air force.

US Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers were deployed amid rising tensions over North Korea’s dogged pursuit of its nuclear and missile program in defiance of United Nations sanctions and pressure from the United States.

Deployment of the aircraft on Monday came as US President Donald Trump said he was open to meeting North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in the appropriate circumstances, Pyongyang suggested it would continue with its nuclear tests.

North Korean officials said the bombers conducted “a nuclear bomb dropping drill against major objects” in its territory at a time when Trump and “other US warmongers are crying out for making a preemptive nuclear strike” on the North.

President Trump warned in an interview on Thursday that a “major, major conflict” with North Korea was possible, while China said last week the situation on the Korean peninsula could easily escalate or slip out of control. China and Russia both have defense treaties with North Korea.

The US air force said in a statement the bombers had flown from Guam to conduct nuclear attack training exercises with the South Korean and Japanese air forces, with North Korea the probable target.

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