N Korea's Fiery Rhetoric On US-S Korea Military Drills

If Kim decides not to restrain himself, the hermit state leader could risk inflaming regional security further by launching another ICBM. They're all shown engulfed in flames at various points in the film.

The drills, which began in the 1970s and will this year involve 17,500 American troops and 50,000 South Korean soldiers, consist mainly of computer simulations aimed at honing joint-decision making and planning and improving command operations. It was the fourth such accident involving a U.S. military ship in Asia this year - and has prompted questions about the operational capabilities of United States forces in the region. Will the allies keep it low-key, or focus on projecting strength?

There have been calls in both the United States and South Korea to postpone or modify the drills in an attempt to ease hostility on the Korean Peninsula following North Korea's threat to lob missiles toward the USA territory of Guam. He said last week that Australia and the U.S. were joined at the hip on defence matters.

With tensions so high on the peninsula, the statement said, it was impossible to know whether or not the drills would lead to "an actual war action".

"As long as the United States hostile policy and nuclear threat remains unchallenged, the DPRK will never place its self-defensive nuclear deterrence on the negotiating table", Ju Yong-сhol, a North Korean envoy, stated at the UN disarmament forum on Tuesday.

"North Korea must understand its repeated provocations are what is forcing South Korea and the U.S. to conduct the joint defensive drills, which in turn keeps the vicious cycle going", the president told a cabinet meeting.

The video released seems to be in reference to this week's joint US-South Korea drills in the region. Days after the drills, the North carried out its fifth and biggest nuclear test to date.

The U.S. military officials later traveled to the site of a contentious U.S. missile-defense system in South Korea later Tuesday.

The drills are always met with threats of strong military counteraction. The question is how strong it will be.

A third company, Mingzheng International Trading Limited, which maintains offices in Hong Kong and on mainland China, was in fact a front for Foreign Trade Bank, North Korea's main foreign exchange bank, the Treasury Department said.

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in said Monday that North Korea must not use the drills as a pretext to launch fresh provocation, saying the training is held regularly because of repeated provocations by North Korea. Rodong Sinmun offers assurances that lobbing missiles at Guam is still on the table.

It then shows a missile hitting Guam accompanied by the caption: "If a single bullet lands in the territory of Guam, the United States' bluffing will be revealed to the entire world as fake".

  • Jon Douglas