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"We hope all relevant parties can maintain calm and restraint and take steps to alleviate tensions and not provoke each other", Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said.

In the latest in a series of sinister statements, the dictator's spokesman said nuclear war on the Korean Peninsula had become a matter of when, not if.

The unnamed Foreign Ministry spokesman said: 'The large-scale nuclear war exercises conducted by the USA in succession are creating touch-and-go situation on the Korean peninsula and series of violent war remarks coming from the USA high-level politicians amid such circumstances have made an outbreak of war on the Korean peninsula an established fact.

Graham told CBS's Face the Nation on Sunday that a preemptive war against the North was "becoming more likely" as its weapons technology "matures".

The exercise has been slammed by North Korea, which said the drills prove that US President Donald Trump is "begging" for nuclear war.

United States military drills on the Korean Peninsula were always a fairly common occurrence, and one which fuels a lot of tension.in the region.

Tensions have risen markedly in recent months over North Korea's development, in defiance of repeated rounds of UN sanctions, of nuclear-tipped missiles capable of reaching the United States.

The huge war games follow three intercontinental ballistic missile tests just days before.

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Russia also has communication channels open with North Korea and is ready to exert its influence on the country, the RIA news agency quoted Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov as saying on Tuesday. "We do not wish for a war but shall not hide from it".

Kim with North Korean troops.

Washington usually deploys B-1B in pairs as a response to North Korea provocations as a show of force, or during routine training.

Yang Uk, a senior fellow at the Korea Defence and Security Forum, said B-1Bs would be key to any strike targeting major North Korean facilities.

And now more than ever, both sides are deterred from conflict.

Meanwhile China, North Korea's neighbour and lone major ally, again urged calm and said war was not the answer. The Pentagon said it has "no intent" to move out any dependants.

Tensions on the Korean peninsula have risen markedly in recent months after North Korea's latest missile and nuclear tests, conducted in defiance of United Nations Security Council resolutions and global condemnation.

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