North Korea warns top American commander in South Korea of ‘miserable destruction’ ahead of war drills

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  • North Korea’s Pak Rim Su sent a rare direct  message to U.S. general
  • U.S. military preparing for routine joint  drills with South Korea
  • Message warned of ‘miserable destruction’ if  ‘reckless’ drills go ahead
  • Strong words come after North conducted  nuclear test earlier this month

By  Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED: 09:08 EST, 23  February 2013 |  UPDATED: 10:25 EST, 23 February 2013

 

North Korea today warned the top American  commander in South Korea of ‘miserable destruction’ if the U.S. military presses  ahead with routine joint drills with South Korea set to begin next month.

Pak Rim Su, chief of North Korea’s military  delegation to the truce village of Panmunjom inside the Demilitarized Zone, sent  the warning this morning to Gen. James Thurman, Pyongyang’s official Korean  Central News Agency said, in a rare direct message to the U.S. commander.

The threat comes as the U.S. and other  nations discuss how to punish North Korea for conducting an underground nuclear  test on Feb. 12 in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions banning  Pyongyang from nuclear and missile activity.

Warning: Officials at a ceremony following a recent successful nuclear test in North Korea, which today sent a warning to the top U.S. commander in South Korea over impending joint drillsWarning: Officials at a ceremony following a recent  successful nuclear test in North Korea, which today sent a warning to the top  U.S. commander in South Korea over its plans for joint drills

North Korea has characterized the nuclear  test, its third since 2006, as a defensive act against U.S. aggression.  Pyongyang accuses Washington of ‘hostility’ for leading the charge to punish  North Korea for a December rocket launch that the U.S. considers a covert  missile test.

The U.S. and North Korea fought on opposite  sides of the three-year Korean War, which ended in a truce in 1953, not a peace  treaty, and left the Korean Peninsula divided by a heavily fortified border  monitored by the U.S.-led U.N. Command.

Washington also stations 28,500 American  troops in South Korea to protect its ally against North Korean  aggression.

Drills: Soldiers participating in a routine drill in South Korea, which is due to press ahead with joint drills with the U.S. militaryDrills: Soldiers participating in a routine drill in  South Korea, which is due to press ahead with joint drills with the U.S.  military

South Korea and the U.S. regularly conduct  joint drills such as the Key Resolve and Foal Eagle exercises slated to take  place next month. North Korea calls the drills proof of U.S. hostility, and  accuses Washington of practicing for an invasion.

‘You had better bear in mind that those  igniting a war are destined to meet a miserable destruction,’ KCNA quoted Pak as  saying in his message to Thurman. He called the drills ‘reckless’.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, meanwhile,  has been making a round of visits to military units guiding troops in drills and  exercises since the nuclear test, KCNA said.

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