‘North Korea has threatened to unleash a “merciless strike” on American territory ahead of joint US-South Korea military drills.
Pyongyang warned the exercises, due to begin on Monday, were “reckless behaviour driving the situation into the uncontrollable phase of a nuclear war”.
Thousands of troops will take part in 10 days of military simulations, designed to prepare American and South Korean forces for conflict with North Korea, amid heightened tensions in the peninsula.
Washington describes the drills as “defensive in nature” but Pyongyang has denounced them as a dress rehearsal for war.
“The Trump group’s declaration of the reckless nuclear war exercises against the DPRK [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea] … is a reckless behaviour driving the situation into the uncontrollable phase of a nuclear war,” said an editorial in official government newspaper Rodong Sinmun.’