N. Korea threatens ‘merciless’ strike drills


SEOUL: North Korea warned on Sunday of a possible “merciless” pre-emptive strike as it blasted an upcoming joint US-South Korean military exercise as a rehearsal for nuclear war. South Korea vowed to go ahead from Monday with the annual Ulchi Freedom Guardian drill, which is aimed at testing readiness to combat any North Korean invasion. Although largely played out on computers, the exercise involves tens of thousands of South Korean and US troops.



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