N Korea warns US forces of 'destruction' ahead of joint drills
Iran Press TV
Sat Feb 23, 2013 6:45PM GMT
North Korea has warned the top US commander in South Korea of "miserable destruction" if his forces ignite a war by staging the scheduled joint military drills with Seoul.
Pak Rim-su, chief delegate of the North Korean military mission to the inter-Korean truce village of Panmunjom, gave the direct message by phone to General James Thurman, the commander of the US Forces Korea, North Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported Saturday.
"If your side ignites a war of aggression by staging the reckless joint military exercises...at this dangerous time, from that moment your fate will be hung by a thread with every hour," Pak said.
"You had better bear in mind that those igniting a war are destined to meet a miserable destruction," he added.
Washington and Seoul are set to hold joint ground and naval exercises called Key Resolve and Foal Eagle in March and April.
North Korea says the joint military drills are a 'hostile act' which has bolstered its defenses.
In recent years, the US and South Korea have conducted several massive joint sea and air drills in waters east of the Korean Peninsula.
South Korea has already staged a series of military exercises separately or jointly with the United States since North Korea launched a long-range rocket in December 2012.
On February 21, North Korea said countries that had bowed to the US pressure to abandon their nuclear plans had suffered "tragic consequences."
Pyongyang said it has successfully conducted its third underground nuclear test on February 13 in response to the UN sanctions that were imposed on the country following its December rocket launch.
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