North Korea warns South of nuclear war
Tuesday 01 March 2011
South Korean and US troops began military drills yesterday, as North Korea warned that the exercises could trigger a nuclear war on the divided peninsula.
Despite the North Korean threats, South Korea and the United States went ahead with their first major combined military exercises since the North shelled a frontline South Korean island in November, killing four people.
That barrage came eight months after 46 sailors were killed when a South Korean warship sank, which Seoul blamed on a North Korean torpedo attack. Pyongyang denies involvement.
Animosity over the bloodshed drove ties between the two Koreas to one of their lowest levels in decades.
About 12,800 American troops and 200,000 South Korean soldiers and reservists were expected to participate in the drills.
Hours after the exercises started, North Korea reacted. "It's an anti-national scheme aimed at prolonging the stage of confrontation and tension to realise a plot to start a northward invasion," the North's official Rodong Sinmun newspaper said. "The danger of a nuclear war on the Korean peninsula is deepening."
Pyongyang's Korean Central News Agency reported earlier that the North had promised "relentless retaliation" to the drill, which would turn Seoul into a "sea of fire".
- 1 Autism 'caused by genetics', study suggests
- 2 What happens to your body when you give up sugar?
- 3 Why you should never make assumptions about people with autism
- 4 Tourist films plane's descent just metres above packed Caribbean beach
- 5 Have sex with your iPad thanks to the new sex toy no-one asked for
Tourist films plane's descent just metres above packed Caribbean beach
Bali nine: Welcome to 'Execution Island' – the Indonesian holiday resort where foreigners are sent to die
How Homer Simpson discovered the Higgs boson over a decade before scientists
The 'sex selfie stick' lets you FaceTime the inside of a vagina
Harrison Ford plane crash: Star Wars actor 'seriously injured' after light aircraft crash lands
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Ex-head of MI6: 'We shouldn't kid ourselves that Russia is on a path to democracy'
Most people think legal tax avoidance is just as wrong as illegal tax evasion, poll suggests
Nigel Farage promises Ukip will not 'stigmatise' would-be migrants – and says he wants 'everyone to speak the same language'
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This fast growing experience-led technology co...
£23000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company specialises in the...
£45000 - £50000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an excellent opportunit...
£18000 - £22000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunit...