NKOREA WARNS: ‘SEVEREST PUNISHMENT’ FOR WAR GAMES
Sun Aug 15, 2010
SEOUL (AFP) – North Korea’s military threatened Sunday to launch the “severest punishment” against South Korea for staging massive joint war games with the United States this week.
The North’s army and people will “deal a merciless counterblow” to the allies “as it had already resolved and declared at home and abroad”, a spokesman for the country’s army General Staff said in a statement published by state media.
“The military counteraction of (North Korea) will be the severest punishment no one has ever met in the world,” he said.
The warning came a day before US and South Korean troops begin the 10-day computerised war games called “Ulchi Freedom Guardian (UFG)”.
About 30,000 US soldiers will take part in the exercise, a US military spokesman said, adding an unspecified number of American soldiers based in the United States would join in via computer networks.