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    North Korea Threatens Unprecedented Response to South-US Drill

    North Korea Threatens Unprecedented Response to South-US Drill

    , South — North Korea threatened Friday to take “unprecedently” strong action against its rivals, soon after South Korea announced a series of planned drills with the United States to hone their joint response to the North's increasing nuclear threats.

    North Korea has halted weapons testing activities since its short-range missile firing on Jan. 1, though it launched more than 70 missiles in 2022 — a record number for a single year. Friday's warning suggests the North's testing could resume soon over its rivals' military training, which it views as an invasion rehearsal.

    “In case the U.S. and South Korea carry into practice their already announced for military drills that (North Korea), with just apprehension and reason, regards as preparations for an aggression war, they will face unprecedentedly persistent and strong counteractions,” the North Korean Foreign Ministry said in a statement carried by state media.

    The statement accused South Korea and the United States of planning more than 20 rounds of military drills, including their largest-ever field exercises. It called South Korea and the United States “the arch-criminals deliberately disrupting” regional peace and stability.

    “This predicts that the situation in the Korean Peninsula and the region will be again plunged into the grave vortex of escalating tension,” the statement said.

    It didn't specify which…

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