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The North said it therefore could not guarantee security for South Korean civil aircraft using its airspace "and its vicinity" above the Sea of Japan (East Sea), "in particular, while the military exercises are under way."
The annual Key Resolve/Foal Eagle exercise starts next Monday and lasts for 12 days. The North has denounced it as a prelude to war, while the US-led United Nations Command (UNC) says it is purely defensive.
The North's government newspaper, Minju Joson, said earlier Thursday that the "slightest" military conflict which may break out during the exercise can rapidly develop into "a thermonuclear war."
North Korea is ready for "merciless and powerful retaliatory actions," it said.
How, would they not be able to assure the safety of their own?
Originally posted by mrmonsoon
Personally, I did not think N.K. had thermonuclear weapons.