Korea threatens USA of 'unimaginable' nuclear strike

Frederick Owens
October 20, 2017

North Korea is warning that the United States will face an "unimaginable" nuclear strike for conducting ongoing joint naval drills with the South Korean military on the Korean peninsula.

This comes as USS Ronald Reagan, a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, patrolled in waters east of the Korean peninsula today in a show of power created to warn off North Korea from any military action.

"The US is running amok by introducing under our nose the targets we have set as primary ones".

North Korea is never happy when the USA and South Korea carry out these kinds of joint exercises, but the new statement is unusually harsh.

The North Korean committee also said that Washington has also deployed the nuclear submarine USS Michigan, whose participation has not been officially confirmed.

The U.S. Navy's biggest warship in Asia, with a crew of 5,000 sailors, sailed around 100 miles, launching nearly 90 F-18 Super Hornet sorties from its deck, in sight of South Korean islands.

Yesterday, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly also addressed the threat of a pre-emptive North Korean strike on Guam, admitting that there was 'great concern about Americans who live there.

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North Korea claimed in its statement that the drill "proves that the US and South Korean puppet authorities are attempting to ignite a war on the Korean peninsula at any cost". It's not the first time North Korea has denounced the drills, either.

Diplomats from the U.S., South Korea and Japan met in Seoul on Wednesday to discuss how to respond to North Korea's nuclear weapons program.

The Reagan's presence in the region, coupled with recent military pressure by Washington on Pyongyang, including B1-B strategic bomber flights over the Korean peninsula, comes ahead of President Donald Trump's first official visit to Asia, set to start in Japan on November 5, with South Korea to follow.

Tensions have increased between Pyongyang and Washington since the regime began testing intercontinental ballistic missiles that could hit the US mainland.

Pyongyang said the "entire U.S. mainland is within our firing range" and threatened "severe punishment" for America if it "dares to invade out sacred territory".

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has vowed to take the "highest-level" measures against the United States and Trump threatened to "totally destroy" the North if the U.S. is forced to defend itself and its allies from a missile attack.

While tourists are free to visit the secretive state as part of strictly controlled tour groups, they are told to never take photos of soldiers by their handlers.

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