North Korea Warns Against U.S., South Korea Drills

Kim Jong-Un, supreme leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
Kim Jong-Un, supreme leader of North Korea.

North Korea has issued harsh warning against annual military exercises held by South Korea and the United States. Pyongyang has vowed to retaliate using terrorist tactics such as ‘beheading operations’ and ‘high-density strikes.’

“All the powerful strategic and tactical strike means of our revolutionary armed forces will go into preemptive and just operation to beat back the enemy forces to the last man if there is a slight sign of their special operation forces and equipment moving to carry out the so-called ‘beheading operation’ and ‘high-density strike,'” the Supreme Command of the Korean People’s Army said in a statement carried by state media.

Kim Jung Un said South Korea’s presidential Blue House would be its first target. He then would order attacks on several U.S. military bases in Asia and America. About 28,500 U.S. troops are based in South Korea and could potentially be targeted.

U.S. soldiers during a live fire training exercise in the South Korean border county of Cheorwon on September 13, 2012. Some 28,500 U.S. troops are based in South Korea under a mutual defense pact to deter against the North Korean threat. Secretary of State John Kerry announced in January that the U.S. will be sending another 800 troops.Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images
U.S. soldiers during a live fire training exercise in the South Korean border county of Cheorwon on September 13, 2012. Some 28,500 U.S. troops are based in South Korea under a mutual defense pact to deter against North Korea threats. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images

South Korean President Park Geun-hye warned of tough repercussion last week after North Korea carried nuclear test in January and long-range rocket launch earlier this month. Geun-hye added these test would only speed the collapse of the North Korean regime.

According to Reuters, “South Korea and the United States say both actions were violations of U.N. Security Council resolutions, and are pushing for further sanctions.”

Quickly after the rocket launch, Seoul suspended its operations of the Kaesong industrial zone just north of the border, a joint project with North Korea that has being going for more than a decade.

Model Industrial Complex (factories) in Kaesong (Gaesong) Industrial Area, DPRK.
Model Industrial Complex (factories) in Kaesong (Gaesong) Industrial Area, North Korea.

Last week, North Korea announced it was deploying its KN08 ICBM, capable of hitting U.S. mainland.

North Korea's KN08 ICBM
North Korea’s KN08 ICBM
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