Tensions are rising on the Korean peninsula for North and South Korea who are still officially at war.
North Korea is threatening to use its ” nuclear deterrent ” in response to joint naval exercises between 8,000 US and South Korea troops, 190 aircraft and 20 ships including the nuclear-powered supercarrier USS George Washington.
The four day ” Invincible Spirit ” War Games began on Sunday in Sea of Japan waters, near nuclear-armed North Korea, and will include anti-submarine maneuvers.
US State Department spokesman PJ Crowley tried to calm tensions, saying the planned exercises were defensive in nature. The maneuvers are not intended to provoke a response but are to send Pyongyang a message that further aggression in the region will not be tolerated.
The official Korean Central News Agency reported on Monday that Kim Yong Chun, North Korea’s defense chief was quoted in Pyongyang as saying ” Should the US imperialists and South Korea puppet forces finally ignite a new war of aggression, North Korea will mobilize the tremendous military potential including its nuclear deterrence for self-defense and thus wipe out the aggressors.”
North Korean state television reported: The Army and people of the DPRK will start a retaliatory sacred war of their own style based on a nuclear deterrent to the US imperialists and the South Korea puppet forces who are deliberately pushing the situation to the brink of war.