Oct. 11, 2013
North Korea has slammed the three-nation naval drills involving US, South Korean and Japanese warships, threatening to ‘bury in the sea’ a US aircraft carrier.
The Friday warning came a day after the US started a two-day joint military exercise with South Korea and Japan off the southern coast of the peninsula.
The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington, guided-missile ships, anti-submarine helicopters as well as early warning aircraft are involved in the naval drill.
North Korea’s Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea said in a statement, “The war drills show that the US-Japan-South Korea tripartite military alliance has developed into the nuclear war alliance and has become operational in actuality.”
The statement warned that if the three nations launch a nuclear war “while talking about ‘sign’ and ‘preemptive attack’ despite repeated warnings of (North Korea), its revolutionary armed forces will immediately mount counter-attack to bury the aggressors, provocateurs in the sea together with the carrier.”
Meanwhile, Russia has also warned against military buildup in the region.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called for the resumption of the six-party talks involving North Korea, China, Japan, Russia, South Korea and the United States, which stalled in 2009 when Pyongyang walked out in protest against a new round of UN sanctions over a nuclear test.
The negotiations are aimed at denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula, which has been locked in a cycle of military rhetoric over the past few months.
The United States and South Korea also held military exercises in April.
In March, North Korea warned that if Washington and Seoul launched a preemptive attack, the conflict “will not be limited to a local war, but develop into an all-out war, a nuclear war.”