North Korea threatens to “counter [the] US” if the United States is to hold joint military exercises with South Korea, and said that it would not beg for talks with Washington or sit with a precondition.
Joint military drills are due to begin in April and have been described by North Korea’s state media KCNA news agency as a “threat” and harmful to reconciliation efforts on the peninsula.
If the US goes ahead with “joint military exercises while keeping sanctions on the DPRK (The Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea), the DPRK will counter the US,” the KCNA said.
“The US will be made to own all responsibilities for the ensuing consequences.”
On February 23 the US said it was implementing its largest package of sanctions to pressure North Korea to give up its nuclear and missile programs.
President Donald Trump warned of a “phase two” that would be “very, very unfortunate for the world” if pressure tactics did not work.
North Korea slammed Trump’s unilateral sanctions against it but said that it was open to talking with the US.
The White House specified any talks with North Korea must mean the end of North Korea’s nuclear and missile program.
North Korean reiterated on Saturday it was willing to talk to the US but said it would never accept any precondition.
A North Korean foreign ministry spokesman was quoted by KCNA news agency as saying “we will neither beg for dialogue nor evade the military option claimed by the US”.