The White  House on Friday blamed North Korea for escalating tensions with repeated threats  and actions and called on North Korea once again to abandon its nuclear program  and comply with its international obligations.   " They need to end the provocative acts and the bellicose rhetoric, " White House deputy press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters aboard Air Force One." It ' s clear that the escalation is taking place from the North Koreans based on their rhetoric and their actions, " Earnest said. " The military exercises are something that take place on a regular basis and they are a clear indication[of] something that we have been resolute about in the past: The United States has the capability - - and we have demonstrated the willingness to use that capability - - to protect our interests and our allies. "He said the world is united against North Korea, as evidenced by a U. N. Security Council resolution passed earlier this month imposing stricter sanctions on the regime." The passage of that Security Council resolution is also an indication that we ' re coordinating pretty closely with not just our allies but also with Russia and China,[which] also have a significant stake in resolving this situation peacefully, " Earnest said. politico. com
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North Korea put its rocket units on standby on Friday to be ready for an attack against U. S. mainland and its military bases in South Korea and the Pacific, after the United States flew two nuclear - capable stealth bombers over the Korean peninsula in a show of force, according to KCNA news agency.On Thursday, the United States flew two radar - evading B - 2 Spirit bombers over South Korea. They flew from the United States and back in what appeared to be the first exercise of its kind, designed to show America ' s ability to conduct long - range, precision strikes " quickly and at will ", the U. S. military said.The U. S. and South Korea signed a joint military plan, March 22 that would allow the U. S. military to engage in what it regards as provocations by the North.About 28,500 American forces are currently stationed in South Korea, a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean War. Global Post