N. Korea slams South-US drill, threat­ens White House

The China Post - - LIFE GUIDE POST -

North Korea on Thurs­day con­demned a loom­ing South Korea-U.S. joint mil­i­tary ex­er­cise as a “dec­la­ra­tion of war” and boasted of its abil­ity to make re­tal­ia­tory strikes against Seoul and the White House.

The an­nual two-week “Ulchi Free­dom” ex­er­cise, which kicks off Mon­day, in­volves tens of thou­sands of troops in what is a largely com­puter-sim­u­lated re­hearsal for a North Korean in­va­sion.

It is one of a num­ber of an­nual joint drills that Washington and Seoul in­sist are purely de­fen­sive in na­ture, but which Py­ongyang con­demns as provoca­tive re­hearsals for a full-scale at­tack on the nu­clear-armed North.

This year’s Ulchi Free­dom comes at a time of par­tic­u­larly high ten­sions, fol­low­ing a re­cent land­mine at­tack on a South Korean bor­der pa­trol that Seoul blamed on North Korea.

The North’s for­eign min­istry in­sisted that the drill should be called off im­me­di­ately and warned Washington it would be re­spon­si­ble for “all the con­se­quences” if it went ahead.

Py­ongyang will take “all nec­es­sary mea­sures” in the face of U.S. “nu­clear provo­ca­tions,” a min­istry spokesman was quoted as say­ing by the North’s of­fi­cial KCNA news agency.

A sep­a­rate state­ment by the North’s Com­mit­tee for the Peace­ful Re­uni­fi­ca­tion of Korea (CPRK), which over­sees cross­bor­der is­sues, de­nounced Ulchi Free­dom as a “drill for a sur­prise nu­clear war” against the North.

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