North warning over Park ‘treason’
North Korea has claimed that its military is ready to attack Seoul’s presidential palace unless South Korean leader Park Geun-hye apologises for “treason” and publicly executes officials responsible for what Pyongyang says are plans to attack its leadership. The warning, issued by state media in the name of a unit of the Korean People’s Army, is the latest in a barrage of threats against the US and Seoul over joint military drills now under way that the North sees as a dress rehearsal for invasion. It also came shortly after a North Korean propaganda outlet posted a video depicting a nuclear attack on Washington, DC. The joint military exercises are held annually, but tensions are particularly high this year because the drills are bigger than ever and come on the heels of North Korea’s recent nuclear test and rocket launch. Further angering Pyongyang are reports in South Korean media that this year’s exercises include simulated training for a “decapitation strike” targeting North Korea’s top leaders. North Korea is believed to have artillery capable of striking Seoul but it is highly unlikely, and Pyongyang has previously issued similar threats without following through.