North Korea has said a nuclear war on the Korean Peninsula has become a matter of when, not if, as it lashed out against U.S. bombing drills and recent tough talk by President Trump administration officials.

In a speech the Pyongyang’s Foreign Minster said the military exercises involving hundreds of South Korean and U.S warplanes made the outbreak of war an “established fact.”

It also blamed high-ranking U.S. officials, including CIA Director Mike Pompeo, for “bellicose remarks.”

“The remaining question now is: when will the war break out?” the Foreign Minister said late on Wednesday in a statement carried by North Korea’s official KCNA news agency .

“We do not wish for a war but shall not hide from it, and should the U.S. miscalculate our patience and light the fuse for a nuclear war, we will surely make the U.S. dearly pay the consequences with our mighty nuclear force which we have consistently strengthened.”

The statement was in response to the US flying a B-1B supersonic bomber over South Korea as part of a massive combined aerial exercise involving hundreds of warplanes.

South Korea’s chief of staff said that a Guam-based bomber simulated land strikes at a military field near South Korea’s eastern coast — “displayed the allies’ strong intent and ability to punish North Korea when threatened by nuclear weapons and missiles.”

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