North Korea threatens US and South Korea with pre-emptive nuclear strikes

As South Korea and the US prepared to kick off large-scale joint military drills on Monday. North Korea has threatened “indiscriminate” nuclear strikes against the two allies if they push ahead with joint military drills.

The statement made by the North’s powerful National Defence Commission, citing the Supreme Command of the Korean People’s Army (KPA) to carry out what it described as a “pre-emptive
nuclear strike of justice”.

Such bombast is not uncommon and experts doubt the North’s ability to put nuclear warheads on its missiles. Last year also North Korea threatened to turn Washington into a “sea of fire”.

The statement published by the North’s official KCNA news agency said.”The indiscriminate nuclear strike… will clearly show those keen on aggression and war, the military mettle of (North Korea).”

It added. “If we push the buttons to annihilate the enemies even right now, all bases of provocations will be reduced to seas in flames and ashes in a moment.”

Pyongyang has rejected the sanctions as “unfair, illicit and immoral” and vowed to keep building its nuclear arsenal.

The National Defence Commission said the US and its allies had failed to realise how the “outrageous” sanctions made “this land boil like a crucible of battle.”