Published: Sun, March 04, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

North Korea threatens United States against military exercise with South Korea

The comments came on North Korean State T.V. earlier on Saturday as the US prepares for joint military exercises with South Korea in April.

Republican senator from South Carolina Lindsey Graham said the USA is reportedly considering military action against Kim Jong-un, should Pyongyang build a nuclear missile capable of striking the West.

A North Korean official on Sunday threatened the USA yet again if it takes part in the joint military exercises with South Korea in the coming months.

The joint military exercises between the US and South Korea are set to begin in April. President Donald Trump warned of a "phase two" that could be "very, very unfortunate for the world" if the steps did not work.

North Korea, whose official name is the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, has repeatedly described the drills as a threat.

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North Korea has slammed Trump's unilateral sanctions against it, but it said it was open to talks with the United States during senior North Korean officials' visit to South Korea for the Olympics last month.

But the North's foreign ministry said Washington's call for preconditions only reaffirms that it does not want to resume dialogue.

The White House said any talks with North Korea must lead to an end of its nuclear program.

"We are willing to resolve the issue peacefully and diplomatically through dialogue and negotiation, but we will never beg for talks nor will we avoid the military option that the USA rambles on about", a spokesman of the North's foreign ministry was quoted as saying by the Korean Central News Agency, the state mouthpiece.

The Olympic Games in Pyeongchang last month presented the two Koreas with the opportunity to engage after tensions between them had escalated over the North's missile programme.

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