The North Korea’s Foreign minister has warned Tuesday Pyongyang had the power to conduct a “pre-emptive strike” on the United States, following joint US-South Korea military drills earlier this week. Speaking before the UN Disarmament Conference in Geneva, Ri Su-yong said the military exercises that kicked off Monday were “unprecedentedly provocative in nature” and could spark a war. “The DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) cannot but bolster its nuclear deterrent capability to cope with the ever-increasing nuclear threat of the US,” he said.
“Now the DPRK has the power of deterring the US and conducting a pre-emptive strike as well if necessary.” The annual joint exercises always trigger a surge in military tensions and warlike rhetoric on the divided peninsula. North Korea fired two short-range Scud missiles into the sea off its east coast on Monday, and South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported Tuesday that Pyongyang may be readying to test fire a medium-range missile.