North Korea warns of revenge on United States for ignoring drill warnings

Frederick Owens
August 22, 2017

Days after the drills, the North carried out its fifth and biggest nuclear test to date.

North Korea views such exercises as preparations for invasion and has fired missiles and taken other actions to show its anger over military drills in the past.

"North Korea will conduct a sixth nuclear test in order to bring the United States to negotiations", said Yoo Ho-yeol, professor of unification and diplomacy at Seoul's Korea University. They're part of the Korea-Japan Parliamentarians' Union, a joint body whose members promote exchanges and friendship between Japan and South Korea.

"There is no intent at all to heighten military tension on the Korean peninsula as these drills are held annually and are of a defensive nature", Moon told cabinet ministers.

Last week, North Koreans announced they had finalized a plan to fire four missiles toward the island of Guam, which is considered the United States territory.

The ongoing drills and visits of US military officials to South Korea create the circumstances for a "mock war" on the Korean peninsula, KCNA said.

Earlier this month, President Donald Trump pledged to answer North Korean aggression with "fire and fury".

There will be no field training during the current exercise, according to U.S. Forces Korea.

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North and South Korea are technically still at war after the 1950-1953 Korean War ended with a truce, not a peace treaty.

Kim Jong Un, however, sees the ability to threaten the United States as essential to the survival of his personal rule.

Last month North Korea test-launched two ICBMs at highly lofted angles, and outside experts say those missiles can reach some US parts like Alaska, Los Angeles or Chicago if fired at normal, flattened trajectories.

North Korea slammed the exercises scheduled to run until August 31 as a risky provocation.

"If the United States is lost in a fantasy that war on the peninsula is at somebody else's doorstep far away from them across the Pacific, it is far more mistaken than ever", it said.

But Mattis has not backed down from the possibility of a military confrontation with North Korea. The latest sanctions were imposed after North Korea tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles in July.

"Kim Jong Un might make the logical decision that it's probably bad to test during a military exercise", Kazianis said.

Choi Jin-wook, a professor of worldwide relations at Japan's Ritsumeikan University and former president of South Korea's state-run Korea Institute for National Unification, said a sixth nuclear test would be essential for North Korea to develop an operational nuclear-tipped ICBM.

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