North Korea threatened Seoul and a United States’ base in Guam with a nuclear warhead attack Friday after South Korea spent the past week cozying up to the U.S. military. A North Korean army spokesman announced via the country’s official news agency that the allies’ recent military drills have put the Korean peninsula on the brink of nuclear war.
The “provocations have pushed the situation on the Korean peninsula to the uncontrollable and irreversible phase of the outbreak of nuclear war,” the statement said. The statement also threatened the U.S.’s naval base in Guam if it and South Korea continued its recent actions.
The threat comes after recent nuclear and missile tests in North Korea under authoritarian Kim Jong Un and several displays of unity by the South and the U.S. The U.S. flew two of its B-1 bombers with South Korean escorts from a base Wednesday in Guam to the Osan airbase roughly 40 miles south of Seoul, the closest any such U.S. military aircraft has flown next to the North. South Korea and Washington also announced plans to conduct a mock attack on a nuclear facility next month, while South Korea’s defense minister said a plan involving a special-forces unit was already in place to take out the North’s leadership (including Kim) if a nuclear attack appeared certain… see more