Kim Jong-un of North Korea has ordered for nuclear readiness and a possible strike against the United States and South Korea saying joint military exercises by Seoul and Washington were being carried out to prepare for an invasion.
Pyongyang has pledged a “sacred war of Justice for reunification” as South Korean and United States troops began large-scale military exercises on Monday in an annual test of their defences against North Korea, which called the drills “nuclear war moves” and threatened to respond with an “all-out offensive”.
North Korea’s nuclear activity which saw the country launch a long-range missile last month triggered tightened UN sanctions and criticism from its old ally China.
Last week leader Kim ordered his country to be ready to use nuclear weapons in the face of what he sees as growing threats from enemies but South Korea’s defence ministry said it had seen no sign of any unusual military activity by the North.
South Korea on Monday issued a statement warning the North that it “should immediately stop its reckless behaviour that would drive them to their own destruction”.
“If North Korea ignores our warning and conduct provocations, our military will relentlessly respond and we warn that North Korea will be held fully responsible for any situation leading to North Korea’s reckless provocation,” the statement said.
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