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North Korea threatens US and S. Korea with n-strikes


(FILES) This file photo taken on April 8, 2012 shows North Korean officials and foreign journalists leaving the launch pad after a visit to see the rocket Unha-3 in Tangachai -ri space center. North Korea launched a long-range rocket on February 7, 2016, violating UN resolutions and doubling down against an international community already determined to punish Pyongyang for a nuclear test last month. AFP PHOTO / FILES / Pedro UGARTE

Pyongyang: North Korea has threatened “indiscriminate” nuclear strikes against the US and South Korea as both the countries begin their largest ever military drills.

The annual exercises, Key Resolve and Foal Eagle, always generate tension.

The order for a “pre-emptive nuclear strike of justice” was made in a statement put out by Pyongyang, reports BBC.

North Korea has said that it sees the annual US-South Korean war games as a rehearsal for invasion.

In 2015, it threatened to turn Washington into a “sea of fire”.

“We will launch an all-out offensive to decisively counter the US and its followers’ hysterical nuclear war moves,” a newsreader on the state-run North Korean KRT news channel said of the latest exercises.

Approximately 17,000 US forces were participating in the exercises, alongside around 300,000 South Korean troops – both significant increases on 2015’s numbers.

Despite starting on the same day, Key Resolve is more computer simulation-driven and ends on 18 March, while Foal Eagle is more focussed on field exercises and runs until 30 April.

The Seoul’s defence ministry warned Pyongyang against any “rash act that brings destruction upon itself”.

“If North Korea ignores our warning and makes provocations, our military will firmly and mercilessly respond to it,” said spokesman Moon Sang-gyun.