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N. Korea Says War Is Now Unavoidable

Pyongyang threatens US with 'mighty nuclear force'

(Newser) - War on the Korean Peninsula is now inevitable thanks to America's "confrontational warmongering remarks," North Korea warned late Wednesday. A statement from the country's foreign ministry said the outbreak of war is an "established" fact and the only remaining question is when it will happen,... More »

As 'Vigilant Ace' Begins, North Korea Has Harsh Words

US, South Korea launch biggest-ever combined air exercises

(Newser) - Hundreds of aircraft including two dozen stealth jets began training Monday as the United States and South Korea launched their biggest-ever combined air force exercise. The war games come a week after North Korea test-fired its most powerful missile ever , an ICBM that may be able to target the eastern... More »

Japan's North Korea Warning Would Be 10 Minutes, Max

Japanese government admits there wouldn't be much time to seek shelter

(Newser) - If the Japanese ever receive word that North Korea has launched a missile toward them, they better find shelter quickly—because the government estimates any warning will be 10 minutes at most, the Japan Times reports. The Japanese seem to be on edge in the wake of chatter that Pyongyang... More »

As War Games Begin, N. Korea Threatens to Turn DC to 'Ashes'

Cue the military rhetoric amid tensions over defection of top diplomat

(Newser) - South Korea and the United States began annual military drills Monday despite North Korea's threat of nuclear strikes in response to the exercises that it calls an invasion rehearsal. Such fiery rhetoric by Pyongyang is not unusual, but the latest warning comes at a time of more tension following... More »

Seoul, US Start War Games

So far, North Korea's response is muted

(Newser) - North Korea formerly threatened to cancel the long-awaited family reunions between the two Koreas if South Korea went ahead with its annual joint military drills with the US. But as it stands, both events are happening simultaneously. As the six-day reunion continued today, the military drills began, the BBC reports;... More »

US, South Korea Wrap Up War Games

Just 7 South Koreans still at Kaesong

(Newser) - The US and South Korea have finished up their yearly joint military drills —or, as the North calls them, "attack rehearsals"—that have been going on since February. The "Foal Eagle" drills, which involved some 10,000 US troops, are "over, but the South Korean... More »

North Korea Holds Artillery Drills Near Border

Kim Jong Un supervises as shells hit 'imaginary targets': state news

(Newser) - Under Kim Jong Un's supervision, North Korea has conducted live artillery drills near a contested sea border with the South, state news reported. The drills reportedly hit the "biggest hotspots in the southwestern sector of the front." It's not clear exactly when the drills, serving as... More »

North Korea Scraps Armistice, Cuts Hotline as War Games Begin

UN will today look at North Korea's appalling human rights record

(Newser) - North Korea today "completely scrapped" the armistice that held a tenuous peace on the peninsula for six decades, reports the Washington Post , even as American and South Korean troops began the large-scale military drills Pyongyang had warned them to abandon. The North is playing up its unpredictability, saying in... More »

N. Korea Threatens to Kill Korean War Ceasefire

As US-China proposal on new sanctions goes to UN today

(Newser) - The US and China have settled on a new round of sanctions against North Korea, and Pyongyang is responding by ratcheting up its usual bluster, threatening to cancel the 1953 ceasefire that ended the Korean War if sanctions go forward and US-South Korean military drills that began March 1 continue.... More »

North Korea: US 'Well Within' Nuclear Range

Pyongyang propaganda also warns Korean peninsula near 'explosion'

(Newser) - Pyongyang has a message for the US: North Korea has become a "fully-independent rocket and nuclear weapons state," according to an official website—and America "should be acutely aware that the US mainland is now well within the range of our strategic rockets and nuclear weapons."... More »

S. Korea, US Troops Begin Drills as Nuke Test Looms

Pyongyang believed to be ready to carry out 3rd test

(Newser) - South Korean and US troops began naval drills today in a show of force partly directed at North Korea amid signs that Pyongyang will soon carry out its third atomic test . The US, South Korea, and other countries have urged North Korea to scrap its test plans or face grave... More »

Iran Kicks Off Massive War Drills

Calls air drills its biggest ever

(Newser) - Days after Iran fired on a US drone , the country is launching vast military drills today—including what local reports call the biggest air drills the Islamic Republic has ever conducted. The drills will blanket about half the country and involve 8,000 soldiers; officials will also test missiles, artillery,... More »

US, S. Korea Begin Drills Despite Threats

No sign of North Korean retaliation

(Newser) - South Korean and American troops began annual military drills Monday that North Korea warned could trigger a nuclear war on the divided peninsula. Despite the North Korean threats to retaliate, South Korea and the United States went ahead with their first major combined military exercises since the North shelled a... More »

North Korea: We're Ready to Use Nukes in 'Holy War'

Armed forces minister issues new threat

(Newser) - North Korea is ready to use nuclear weapons in its "holy war" against South Korea, warned Pyongyang's minister of armed forces today. Minister Kim Yong-chun repeated North Korea's earlier charges that military drills in the South were the beginnings of a planned assault on his nation, reports Reuters . He... More »

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