The Trump administration has repeatedly said all options are on the table in dealing with North Korea's ballistic and nuclear weapons programs, including military ones, but that it still prefers a diplomatic option.
North Korea's state-run media say leader Kim Jong Un has visited a factory that makes tires for a launcher vehicle used to carry a new intercontinental ballistic missile.
"We heartily celebrate the successful test launch of the Hwasong-15 which showed Chosun (North Korea)'s power and greatness to the whole world", read one banner held up by the crowd, referring to the missile.
"The US and South Korean puppet warmongers would be well advised to bear in mind that their DPRK-targeted military drill will be as foolish as an act precipitating their self-destruction", it said.
North Korea has repeatedly rejected accusations of human rights abuses and blames sanctions for a dire humanitarian situation.
"The US aircraft that have landed on South Korea include six F-22s, six F-35s, six EA-18Gs", the official said. They will be joined by more F-35bs - the Marine Corps version, based in Japan - B-1 bombers and E-3 airborne warning and control system (AWACS) aircraft that will fly in to join the wargames and then return to bases elsewhere, the official said. North Korea's latest missile is believed by experts to be capable of reaching all parts of the continental U.S. Despite its range, though, reports say U.S. officials now believe the missile likely did not survive re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere.
Cyclone Ockhi: 4 killed in Tamil Nadu; Kerala on high alert
At least four trains connecting Thiruvananthapuram/Kollam and Nagercoil/Kanyakumari were cancelled and others rescheduled. In the state capital of Thiruvananthapuram , strong winds uprooted many trees and snapped power cables at many places.
The Rodong Sinmun commentary said the aerial wargames show "the enemies' moves to start a nuclear war have reached a unsafe stage".
McMaster said the possibility of war with the North was "increasing every day".
"Despite persistent sanctions and pressure by the USA and other hostile forces, my government concentrates all its efforts on improving people's livelihood and providing them with a better future", the North Korean Permanent Mission to the United Nations said in a statement on 14 November.
"We're asking China not to do us or anybody else a favor", he said.
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