In advance of a U.S.-South Korean joint military exercise scheduled for Monday, North Korea issued a warning that the exercises will be “adding fuel to fire” in an already tense standoff upon the Korean peninsula.
Known as the Ulchi Freedom Guardian, the annual exercises are conducted jointly by the United States and South Korea in the spirit of a war game, and in the past, have provoked North Korea. North Korea’s official Rodong Sinmun newspaper said Sunday that the war games could “worsen the state” of the region, and lead to an “uncontrollable phase of a nuclear war,” according to South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency.
“If the United States is lost in a fantasy that war on the peninsula is at somebody else’s door far away from them across the Pacific, it is far more mistaken than ever,” the North Korean paper reported.
As of Sunday, both South Korea and the United States plan to move ahead with their military exercises, as scheduled, even as Rodong Sinmun called the exercises the “most explicit expression of hostility” and that “no one can guarantee that the exercise won’t evolve into actual fighting.”
Last week President Trump said that any provocation from North Korea would result in “fire and fury.” But North Korea said on Tuesday that it will never put its nuclear weapons program on the negotiating table, as long as the United States continues with its “hostile policy and nuclear threat,” according to Fox News.
North Korea also said Tuesday that it had tabled a plan to shoot four medium-range ballistic missiles at Guam after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said that he will “watch a little longer the conduct of the foolish and stupid Yankees.”
The United States has about 17,500 U.S. troops in South Korea. President Trump has sent additional B-1 bombers to Guam, which can arrive over North Korea in about three hours, according to Fox News.
Yet on Thursday North Korea issued a dire threat via propaganda that displayed disturbing images of North Korean aggression toward the United States. What do you think? Share your thoughts on our Facebook page. And please pray that God will bring peace to the Korean peninsula.