North Korea says it’s prepared to counter US military moves with “overwhelming nuclear force” as US-South Korean drills push tensions to an “extreme red line”.
Peninsula situation at ‘extreme red line’: North Korea
North Korea warns that drills by the United States and its allies have pushed the situation to an “extreme red line” and threaten to turn the peninsula into a “huge war arsenal and a more critical war zone”.
The statement, carried by state news agency KCNA, said Pyongyang was not interested in dialogue as long as Washington pursued hostile policies.
“The military and political situation on the Korean peninsula and in the region has reached an extreme red line due to the reckless military confrontational maneuvers and hostile acts of the US and its vassal forces,” a foreign ministry spokesperson said in the statement on Thursday.
In Washington, the White House rejected the North Korean statement and reiterated a willingness to meet North Korean diplomats “at a time and place convenient for them”.