Pyongyang accused South Korea and the US for “preemptive attack”


On Thursday, North Korea cautioned that it will react with “merciless military counter-action” to the annual joint military activities that South Korea and the US are directing on the Korean peninsula.

The Korean People’s Army (KPA) has said it will “counter (the drills) with the toughest counteractions” targeting South Korea, the USs and its “vassal states” participating in the exercises known as Key Resolve and Foal Eagle, a KPA spokesman said in a statement released by state news agency.

“Ought to the US settlers and the South Korean puppet forces fire even a single shell into the waters where the power of our Republic is worked out, the KPA will quickly launch its merciless military counter-actions,” according to the statement.

On Wednesday, Seoul and Washington started their annual joint military drill , codenamed “Foal Eagle”, which includes aerial, ground and naval maneuvers. The drills are probably going to proceed through the finish of April, news reported.

Pyongyang blamed South Korea and the US of practicing a “preemptive attack” on the North by leading the cautious military reenactment, and furthermore reprimanded the weapons installations in the region, including Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), a missile defence system due to be deployed in South Korea this year.

The KPA statement, which blamed Washington for endeavoring to wage an atomic war that it will “foil the nuclear war racket of the aggressors with its treasured nuclear sword of justice”.

The military drills are being held in the wake of the February 13 assassination in Malaysia of Kim Jong-nam, half-brother of the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, and the North’s test of a medium-range missile in February.