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article imageNorth Korea threatens ‘all-out war’ over US, South Korea drills

By Lynn Herrmann     Mar 1, 2011 in Politics
Washington - After the US government announced joint military exercises will begin by the US and South Korean militaries, North Korea issued a statement on Sunday saying it will respond to any provocations with an “all-out war at any time.”
The North Korean warning came after the US and South Korea announced their annual Key Resolve and Foal Eagle joint military exercises.
The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) report calls the joint military drills a nuclear threat, noting thatThe reality proves that the U.S. imperialists and the south Korean group of traitors are the very one spoiling the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula as they hurl all sorts of nuclear attack means, including group of warships loaded with nukes and corps of strategic bombers, in south Korea and its vicinity under the pretext of the said joint military maneuvers to pose a nuclear threat to the DPRK.
It added that the “continued nuclear threat” by the US and South Korea against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) would result in the North bolstering its own style of nuclear deterrent.
According to the US Army, Key Resolve and Foal Eagle are command-post and field exercises designed to teach and coach troops as well as test senior military leaders’ decision-making abilities:
Key Resolve is primarily a command-post exercise with computer-based simulations that focus on deploying troops and equipment to Korea in the event of an attack. Foal Eagle includes a series of field exercises. Both exercises have U.S. troops training with South Korean servicemembers.
Agence France-Presse reports approximately 200,000 South Korean troops will join with 12,800 US troops in the drills. The US also plans to deploy the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier for the exercises.
Voice of America reports US General Walter Sharp, leader of US and South Korean combined forces on the Korean peninsula, said personnel will practice responding “to a number of realistic scenarios beyond defeating a conventional attack.”
North Korea calls the drills a preparation for war and any provocation by the joint maneuvers will engulf “Seoul in sea of flames,” according to KCNA.
In January, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates warned that North Korea’s intercontinental ballistic missiles program has become a “direct threat” to the US.
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