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North Korea bolsters defenses after flight by US bombers as rhetoric escalates

SEOUL/BEIJING: North Korea has boosted defenses on its east coast, a South Korean lawmaker said on Tuesday, after the North said US President Donald Trump had declared war and that it would shoot down US bombers flying near the peninsula. Tensions have escalated since North Korea conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on Sept. 3, but the rhetoric has reached a new level in recent days with leaders on both sides exchanging threats and insults. North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho said Trump’s Twitter…

US bombers drill near Korea DMZ in show of force

SEOUL: US bombers carried out a rare live fire drill in South Korea Saturday, flying close to the demilitarized zone (DMZ) in a show of force after Pyongyang's latest missile test, the South's defence ministry said. After the drill, the B-1B Lancers, deployed from the Anderson Air Base in Guam, flew close to the tense and heavily militarised land border with the North before turning back, the Yonhap news agency reported. The exercise aimed to "sternly respond to the series of North Korea's ballistic missile launches,"…