North Korea is ready for a “sacred war of justice” using a nuclear deterrent, its armed forces minister has said.
Kim Yong-chun accused South Korea of making preparations for war by holding live-fire exercises near the border.
The drills are one of the largest in South Korea’s history, and come a month after North Korea shelled a Southern island killing four people.
The US state department condemned the North’s latest comments as returning to its “old belligerent tricks”.
“We need constructive actions, not heated rhetoric,” said spokesman Philip Crowley on his Twitter page, without specifying any actions.
South Korean President Lee Myung-bak has promised immediate retaliation to any further Northern attack. (more…)