North Korea says a nuclear war on the Korean Peninsula has become a matter of when, not if, as it continued to lash out at a massive joint military exercise between the United States and South Korea involving hundreds of advanced warplanes.
North Korea also claimed high-ranked US officials, including CIA Director Mike Pompeo, have further confirmed American intent for war with a series of "bellicose remarks."
Pompeo said Saturday that US intelligence agencies believe North Korean leader Kim Jong Un doesn't have a good idea about how tenuous his situation is domestically and internationally.
North's spokesman said Pompeo provoked the country by "impudently criticizing our supreme leadership which is the heart of our people."
"The large-scale nuclear war exercises conducted by the US in succession are creating touch and series of violent war remarks coming from the US high-level politicians have made an outbreak of war on the Korean peninsula an established fact.
"We do not wish for a war but shall not hide from it, and should the US miscalculate our patience and light the fuse for a nuclear war," the spokesman said.
The comments were carried by the official Korean Central News Agency late Wednesday, hours after the United States flew a B-1B supersonic bomber over South Korea as part of a massive combined aerial exercise involving hundreds of warplanes.
North Korea hates such displays of American military might at close range and typically uses strong language to condemn them as invasion rehearsals, reports AP.