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Trump Turns Tables on North Korea

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Trump threatened in the United Nations speech to "totally destroy" North Korea if forced to defend the US or its allies.

The report comes amid heightened fears of conflict on the Korean peninsula, fuelled by US President Donald Trump's continued threats of military action against Pyongyang to tame its weapons ambitions. Robert Gates, who served as Secretary of Defense for almost five years during the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations, said on October 9 that "at a number of different points I have to confess in reading the President's tweets that I wish Twitter had never been invented", the daily The Australian reported on October 10.

The warplanes conducted bombing simulations in the seas off both sides of the peninsula and flew across the territory in a almost three-hour mission, according to the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

US B-1 bombers flying from Guam have been seen regularly over the Korean Peninsula amid escalating tensions with Pyongyang - running regular training flights with Japanese and South Korean fighter jets that often provoke the ire of the North Korean regime.

South Korean analysts say the nighttime flights, and also the decisions by Washington and Seoul to release the itinerary of the warplanes, are aimed at sending a clear warning to North Korea and demonstrating capability for surprise attacks.

But North Korea views Moon's stance as insincere and has continued testing weapons rather than come forward for dialogue.

"It is our asset, which we invested in according to North Korean law, and procedures set by both governments of the two Koreas". Most recently it launched a missile that flew over Japan and achieved the longest distance yet.

China, North Korea's closest ally, has suggested that Pyongyang freeze its nuclear missile development while the USA stop conducting military exercises with the South that raise fears in North Korea.

He said the North's strategic forces have "inexhaustible power that won't leave aggressor state America unpunished".

Still, Australia supports the US policy of having military options on the table, the defense minister noted. Chad Hardt, commanding officer. "So as owners with rights to the assets, it is necessary for us to check the situation and status of our assets and find out whether the complex is really being operated or not", said Kim Seo-jin, with the Kaesong Industrial Complex Association.

"Our prime minister has made very clear our support for the USA (policy), but more importantly, our support is for regional stability and security", Payne said.

Trump has responded with a series of bellicose statements, prompting a war of words with Pyongyang, which in turn has threatened to shoot US bombers out of the sky and fire missiles into the waters near Guam. More ominously, Trump tweeted "only one thing will work" over the weekend.

Australia's foreign and defense ministers visited the heavily fortified inter-Korean border Thursday and emphasized the need to inflict "maximum diplomatic pressure" to rein in North Korea's nuclear ambition.

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