Monday, August 22, 2016

North Korea threatens nuclear strike amid US-South Korea drill

The US and South Korean militaries started a massive joint annual exercise Monday, Ulchi Freedom Guardian, a drill that has drawn North Korean threats of nuclear retaliation.

North Korea will "turn the stronghold of provocation into a heap of ashes through Korean-style pre-emptive nuclear strike" if the US and South Korea "show the slightest sign of aggression" during the drill, a spokesman for North Korea's military was quoted as saying.
The annual drill will include 25,000 US troops, the bulk of which are already stationed in Korea and 50,000 South Korean troops according to a statement.
The regime's recent aggressive testing of medium- and long-range missiles -- as well as its nuclear testing -- makes North Korea now a "practical" threat and no longer a "theoretical" threat according to analysts.