North Korea in new nuclear threat

North Korea in new nuclear threat

North Korea said today that joint US and South Korean military exercises to begin this weekend amount to a military provocation that will draw a "powerful" nuclear response from Pyongyang.

North Korea routinely threatens war when South Korea and the US hold joint exercises, which Pyongyang sees as a rehearsal for an attack on the North.

The latest threat comes amid increased tensions on the peninsula over the deadly sinking of a South Korean warship that Seoul and Washington blame on Pyongyang.

The allies' defence chiefs announced earlier in the week that they would stage the drills to send a clear message to North Korea to stop its "aggressive" behaviour.

Forty-six South Korean sailors were killed in the March sinking of the Cheonan in March.

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