North Korea lashes out against US-South Korean naval drills
SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea lashed out at U.S.-South Korean naval drills that began this week and warned that a pre-emptive strike by the allies would lead to their “self-destruction.”
The war games, dubbed Invincible Spirit, began Monday with the nuclear-powered USS Ronald Reagan aircraft stationed in the waters surrounding the divided peninsula. The U.S. and South Korean navies also began a round of multinational anti-mine exercises.
North Korea accused the allies of rehearsing precision strikes against its nuclear and missile bases as well as plans to infiltrate areas north of the 38th parallel with special forces.
In a commentary Wednesday, Rodong Sinmun — the ruling party’s official newspaper — said “ceaseless saber-rattling being staged by the [South Korean President] Park Geun-hye group of traitors together with the U.S against [North Korea] is chiefly aimed to further round off the system for preemptive strike at the north and ignite a war against it at any cost.”
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