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Pyongyang said it would respond to the drills with an "operation to liberate the whole of South Korea including Seoul" with an "ultra-precision blitzkrieg".
"A nuclear war against the DPRK would bring a final ruin to the US," read an article published in the North's Rodong Sinmun newspaper.
"This is the last warning of the DPRK to Obama and his cronies in the White House."
Meanwhile, news reports said a North Korean submarine had gone missing earlier this week, sparking a search by the North's navy.
The unknown class of vessel had been reportedly operating off the North Korean coast earlier in the week when it disappeared.
The US military had been observing the submarine off the North's eastern coast, CNN said, citing three US officials familiar with the incident.
American spy satellites, aircraft and ships have been watching as the North Korean navy searched for the missing sub, the report added.
The United States is unsure if the missing vessel is adrift or whether it has sunk, CNN reported, but officials believe it suffered a failure during an exercise.
This is coming from the same media who had being pushing for an military intervention in Syria.
The doom and fear mongering Western News Media.
CNN:Brexit would be bad for Brittan.
BBC:Job losses expected if Britain pulls out.
The 'threat' from North Korea is generated in the west…
and when NK decides it's fate by attacking the US or it's ally in the south you can keep believing the US is just making it up.
We aren't sure what class it was, but, from what I can tell they have diesel electric subs. Not exactly the quietest boats.
Kim throwing a temper tantrum and making threats? How scary. That's never ever happened before.
They haven't though, so all your dogma is just your 'belief'.
The reality is the US militarily occupies the Korean Peninsula thousands of miles from home and that presents a very real threat to the people in the 'North', including Russia and China.