BY: Agence France-Presse
North Korea on Sunday lashed out at a live-fire drill the US and South Korea staged in a present of power in opposition to Pyongyang, accusing Washington of pushing the peninsula to the “tipping point” of nuclear war.
The allies held the uncommon live-fire drill as tensions grew over the peninsula following the North’s first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) take a look at held final week.
The take a look at sparked world alarm because it steered North Korea now possessed an ICBM able to reaching Alaska, a serious milestone for the reclusive, nuclear-armed state.
Saturday’s drill, designed to “sternly respond” to potential missile launches by the North, noticed two US bombers destroy “enemy” missile batteries and South Korean jets mount precision strikes in opposition to underground command posts.
The North’s state-run Rodong newspaper accused Washington and Seoul of ratcheting up tensions with the drill, in an editorial titled “Don’t play with fire on a powder keg.”
“The US, with its dangerous military provocation, is pushing the risk of a nuclear war on the peninsula to a tipping point,” it stated, describing the peninsula because the “world’s biggest tinderbox.”
During Saturday’s drill, long-range B-1B Lancer bombers reportedly flew near the heavily-fortified border between two Koreas and dropped 2,000-pound (900 kilogram) bombs.
Pyongyang described the joint drill as a “dangerous military gambit of warmongers who are trying to ignite the fuse of a nuclear war on the peninsula.”
“A small misjudgment or error can immediately lead to the beginning of a nuclear war, which will inevitably lead to another world war,” it stated.
Tension has been excessive because the US administration below President Donald Trump and the North’s regime below chief Kim Jong-Un have exchanged hostile rhetoric for months.
Tension additional escalated after Tuesday’s ICBM take a look at, a milestone within the North’s decades-long quest for weapons able to reaching the US.
The impoverished, remoted nation has staged 5 nuclear checks — together with two final 12 months — and has made a major progress in its missile functionality below Kim, who took energy in 2011.
In one other drill held after the ICBM take a look at, US and South Korean troops fired ballistic missiles simulating an assault on the North’s management “as a strong message of warning,” the South’s navy stated on the time.
The US Missile Defense Agency stated Friday it could quickly take a look at an anti-ballistic missile system in Alaska.