North Korea Threatens US and South With Nuclear Strikes
- Gayathri Mathivanan
- March 6, 2016, 10:28 PM
North Korea has threatened to launch an all-out offensive against South Korea and US, as the two allies prepared to kick off large-scale joint military drills on Monday.
These latest exercises - called Foal Eagle and Key Resolve - will involve about 300,000 South Korean troops and 15,000 US personnel, the largest ever such operation.
The North claims the joint military drills are a rehearsal for a nuclear war against it. "If we push the buttons to wipe out the enemies even right now, all bases of provocations will be reduced to seas in flames and ashes in a moment," the commission said.
South Korea's Defence Ministry said it had seen no sign of any unusual military activity by the North.
"If North Korea ignores our warning and conduct provocations, our military will relentlessly take action and we warn that North Korea will be held fully answerable for any circumstances leading to North Korea's reckless provocation," the statement said.
North Korea's National Defence Commission said the North Korean army and people would "realise the greatest desire of the Korean nation through a sacred war of justice for reunification", in response to any attack by US and South Korean forces.
South Korea and the US militaries began talks on Friday on the deployment of an advanced anti-missile Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system in South Korea.
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