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North Korea vowed Friday that there would be a "physical response" in reaction to the planned joint military exercises between the United States and South Korea.
"There will be a physical response against the threat imposed by the United States militarily," North Korea spokesman Ri Tong Il told reporters outside the Association of Southeast Asian Nations meeting.
Gen. Han Min-koo, chairman of South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in Tuesday's statement that the exercises will show the military's readiness and resolve.
"We stand fully prepared to respond militarily to any further North Korean provocation," he said.
Originally posted by princeofpeace
Nah Kim is bluffing AGAIN. And there is NO WAY the US and SK would stop their exercise because of this because all that would do is reward Kimmy. Nothing will happen though-more bluster.
"This move is not only a grave threat to peace and stability of the Korean peninsula but also to the region," Ri said of the military drills.
He said "there will be physical response against the threat imposed by the United States militarily."
China has harshly criticised the military drills and launched its own naval exercises off its eastern coast.
Calling the new US sanctions "hostile", North Korea said they must be reversed in exchange for a nuclear-free Korean peninsula.
Nah Kim is bluffing AGAIN. And there is NO WAY the US and SK would stop their exercise because of this because all that would do is reward Kimmy.
Originally posted by Ben81
like i said before KIM HAVE NO PATIENCE COMPARE TO IRAN
Originally posted by Gorman91
How? How could N Korea do anything? Oh sure their army is far more impressive than Iran. But still. It is not that strong.
I don't want to see 2 million dead NK soldiers. But if it comes to that, so be it.
Honestly I think China is going to cut them lose in a few days and they will be all alone.
Bring on the response. Lets see what they can do against the whole world. It would be the quickest war in history.
And no, there would not be a US nuclear response. the US would first ask China and Russia what to do. If they say yes, NK will be a charcoal streak on Earth. If they say no, then NK will be bombed to dust.
US likely to freeze half of 200 NK-linked bank accounts
The United States has identified about 200 bank accounts with links to North Korea and is expected to freeze some 100 of those suspected of being used for weapons exports and other illicit purposes banned under U.N. resolutions, Yonhap News reported Friday.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced earlier this week that Washington will slap fresh sanctions on North Korea as punishment for the March sinking of a South Korean warship as well as pressure to get Pyongyang to end its nuclear programs.
Clinton also said the U.S. will expand existing sanctions on Pyongyang that have been in place under U.N. resolutions. The latest resolution, issued after Pyongyang's atomic test blast last year, calls for preventing financial services that could fund the North's nuclear or missile activities and banning weapons trade with the regime.
"The U.S. treasury department and intelligence authorities have identified about 200 overseas bank accounts, including those suspected of holding funds from weapons exports and other illicit dealings in violation of the U.N. resolutions," a diplomatic source said on condition of anonymity.
The U.S. is expected to have about 100 of them frozen by notifying banks of the illicitness associated with the North Korean accounts, the source said.