A North Korea threat has been issued this week over military drills being conducted by both the U.S. and South Korea. These joint exercises, called together as “Key Resolve” and “Foal Eagle,” are in fact only routine military practices, but the North Korean Central News Agency has released a statement saying that continuing with the program has incited tension and would lead to a “declaration of full-scale nuclear war.” WebProNews tells of the recent intimidating statement released by the Korean government this Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014.
The North Korea threat has been present for months now, but the hostile nation is renewing its warnings toward the U.S. and South Korea this week because of the nations’ joint military exercises. This Wednesday, the northern country demanded that the combat practices (normally conducted in February and continuing well into April) be put to an immediate end. They claim that keeping these drills is demoralizing and ruining all inter-Korean governmental relations. While “Foal Eagle” and “Key Resolve” exercises are routine, they are also meant to help prevent potential threats or attacks from North Korea in case of an emergency in both allied forces and nonmilitary zones.
According to a North Korean statement insisting upon the closure of these military drills, they suggest that not stopping them will lead to a declaration of potential nuclear war.
“[The exercises] will fatally destroy the inter-Korean relations and trigger unimaginable calamities and disasters,” says the announcement. “Moving forward … may incite a full-scale nuclear war.”
A Ministry of Defense spokesman from South Korea replied with a serious warning of their own this week: “If North Korea commits military provocations by taking advantage of these routine exercises, [then] the military will retaliate severely and firmly.”
Although it’s certainly not news that former cases of a North Korea threat have been idle, the U.S. and South Korea allies have maintained a serious wariness against North Korean leader Kim John Un. The allied nations have been even more cautious following the removal of Jang Song Thaek.
“Jang, Kim Jong Un’s uncle and protector, as well as a lifetime political insider, was detained and swiftly executed on charges that he was attempting to overthrow the North Korean government. In a speech shortly after the execution, Kim derided his uncle as an '“anti-Party, counterrevolutionary factionalist [who was removed] at an opportune time and with a correct decision.”' Jong Un then praised the fact that Jang’s demise meant that the '“party and revolutionary ranks were further consolidated and [their] single-hearted unity was solidified to the maximum.” The shake-up was considered a ruthless move by observers, suggesting a dangerous level of political instability in the bellicose, nuclear-capable nation.”'
Do you believe the North Korea threat and even declaration of a nuclear war over these routine military drills should be treated seriously?