NKorea makes fresh threats, US bombers fly after ICBM test...

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  • Saturday’s ICBM test, the North’s first missile test since Jan. 1, signals its leader Kim Jong Un is using his rivals’ drills as a chance to expand his country’s nuclear arsenal to get the upper hand in future dealings with the United States.
  • Chang said the information provided by North Korea showed the missile will likely have a longer potential range than the standard Hwasong-15.Later Sunday, U.S. B-1B bombers and other aircraft separately trained with South Korean and Japanese fighter jets over and near the Korean Peninsula.
  • “There will always be fodder for (Kim Jong Un’s) weapons provocations.”“With nuclear weapons in tow and having mastered the art of coercion and bullying, Kim does not need ‘self-defense.’ But pitting the U.S. and South Korea as the aggressors allows Kim to justify his weapons development,” Soo Kim said.U.S.
  • The flight details reported by North Korea, which roughly matched the launch information previously assessed by its neighbors, show the weapon is theoretically capable of reaching the mainland U.S. if fired at a standard trajectory.
  • A South Korean military statement said Sunday’s training reaffirmed Washington’s “iron-clad” security commitment to South Korea.
  • National Security Council spokesperson Adrienne Watson said the U.S. will take all necessary measures to ensure the security of the American homeland and South Korea and Japan.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) North Korea said Sunday its latest intercontinental ballistic missile test was meant to further bolster its fatal nuclear attack capacity and threatened additional powerful st [+6059 chars]