North Korea on Monday threatened pre-emptive and indiscriminate nuclear strikes against South Korea and the United States as the two allies kicked off their annual, large-scale military exercises.
In a statement issued hours before the drills began, North Koreas powerful National Defence Commission said it was prepared for an all-out military counter-offensive.
Describing the exercises as nuclear war drills aimed at undermining North Koreas sovereignty, the statement said the Supreme Command of the Korean Peoples Army was ready to launch a pre-emptive and offensive nuclear strike in response.
The indiscriminate nuclear strike… will clearly show those keen on aggression and war, the military mettle of (North Korea), said the statement carried by the Norths official KCNA news agency.
Targets would include operational American bases on the Korean peninsula and elsewhere in Asia, as well as the US mainland.
“If we push the buttons to annihilate the enemies even right now, all bases of provocations will be reduced to seas of flames and ashes in a moment, the statement added.
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