North Korea warns of preemptive strikes against the South

North Korea says its military is ready to pre-emptively attack and “liberate” the South in its latest outburst against the large-scale joint  military drills by the United States and South Korea.
Condemning the drills ,the General Staff of the North’s Korean People’s Army said Saturday in a statement that its frontline units are prepared to strike first if they see signs that American and South Korean troops involved in the drills were attempting to invade the North.

Tensions escalated on the Korean peninsula as  North Korean leader Kim Jong -un announced more nuclear tests  to estimate the destructive power of the newly produced nuclear warheads.

The eight week long series of  U.S. and South Korean drills involving marines and sailors are taking place  against a backdrop of growing tension and missile tests just across the Demilitarized Zone in North Korea.

South Korea’s Defense Ministry spokesman is calling the maneuvers “the largest scale ever,” involving 300,000 South Korean troops and at least 17,000 from the U.S.

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