In response to a huge US-South Korea military drills, North Korea issued a warning of a “pre-emptive and offensive nuclear strike” on Monday in Washington and Seoul. According to Pyongyang, the drills which began on Monday and will continue through the end of April. These are said to be rehearsals of invasion.
North Korean Supremo, Kim Jong Un, issued similar warnings earlier also, which became a standard for the leader since his father’s death in 2011.
The National Defence Commission of North Korea issued a statement that threatens of the nuclear strikes on Monday, which was published by the state-run Korean Central News Agency.
“As the joint military exercises to be staged by the enemies are regarded as the most undisguised nuclear war drills aimed to infringe upon the sovereignty of the DPRK, its military counteraction will be more pre-emptive and offensive nuclear strike to cope with them,” the statement as quoted by the CNN.
The United Stated called for caution in response to the warning.
“We urge North Korea to refrain from provocative actions and statements that aggravate tensions and instead focus on fulfilling its international obligations and commitments,” the CNN quoted a senior administration official as saying on Monday. “We are closely monitoring the situation on the Korean Peninsula in coordination with our Republic of Korea allies.”
North Korea’s National Defence Commission threatened of nuclear strikes at targets in South Korea, US bases in the Pacific and the US mainland.
“If we push the buttons to annihilate the enemies even right now, all bases of provocations will be reduced to seas in flames and ashes in a moment,” the North said in a statement.
Moon Sang Gyun, the South Korean Defence Ministry spokesman, said that the North must refrain from taking steps that would bring destruction upon itself, the NBC reported.
This year’s war games will be involving 300,000 South Korean and 17,000 US troops and will be of the largest nature ever.