North Korea threatens nuclear attacks on Seoul, Washington

(From Irish Independent)

North Korea threatened nuclear attacks on Seoul and Washington as South Korea and the US began annual military drills on Monday.

A South Korean army tank takes part in a military exercise near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas in Paju

A South Korean army tank takes part in a military exercise near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas in Paju, South Korea, August 22, 2016. Lim Byung-sik/Yonhap via REUTERS

The extreme rhetoric from Pyongyang comes at a time of high tension following the defection of a senior North Korean diplomat and a US plan to place a high-tech defence missile system in South Korea.

The North’s military said that it will turn Seoul and Washington into “a heap of ashes through a Korean-style pre-emptive nuclear strike” if they show any signs of aggression toward the North’s territory.

The North’s “first-strike” units are ready to mount retaliatory attacks on South Korean and US forces involved in the drills, according to the warning carried by Pyongyang’s state media. Read More

 



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