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N. Korea threatens nuclear strikes over South-US military drills

Marines from South Korea (front) and the US (top) prepare for a joint military drill between the US and South Korea in the southeastern port of Pohang on March 7, 2016North Korea threatened pre-emptive and “indiscriminate” nuclear strikes against South Korea and the United States on Monday, as the two allies kicked off their annual, large-scale military exercises. The drills always raise tensions on the divided Korean peninsula and the situation is particularly volatile this year, given the North’s recent nuclear test and long-range rocket launch and its fury over tough UN sanctions imposed in response. In a statement issued hours before the drills began, North Korea’s powerful National Defence Commission said it was prepared for an “all-out” military counter-offensive.

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