North Korea warn on new tensions, crushing blow to US

North Korea warn on new tensions, crushing blow to US
Wed Apr 2, 2014 10:40:59

North Korean leader has warned of a “very grave” situation in the Korean peninsula, blaming the US and South Korea for the intensifying tensions in the region.

The North’s official KCNA news agency stated on Wednesday that Kim Jong-un made the remarks in a meeting with the country’s top military officials a day earlier.

“The current situation is very grave," Kim said, adding that Washington and Seoul had gone ahead with their joint military drills in the region despite Pyongyang’s conciliatory gestures.

"The United States and other hostile forces, ignoring our magnanimity and goodwill, are viciously stepping up their maneuvers in order to annihilate our republic politically, isolate it economically and crush it militarily," he said.

He pointed out that North Korea’s military and people will not tolerate the "US policy of hostility" and will "crush it thoroughly.”

Tensions have recently been on the rise between the two Koreas as Pyongyang accuses its southern neighbor and Washington of "rehearsing for an invasion."

Pyongyang has recently launched rockets and ballistic missiles and has also threatened to conduct a new nuclear test.

On Tuesday, the two Koreas traded fire across their disputed Yellow Sea maritime border. A South Korean Ministry of Defense spokesman said Seoul counter-fired over the Northern Limit Line. A similar incident took place on Monday.

The Yellow Sea area has been the scene of deadly clashes in the past.


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