South Korea starts drills despite North Korea nuclear threat

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North Korea military said in a statement that they will turn Seoul and Washington into ashes with a nuclear strike if South Korea and the US show any signs of aggression.

South Korea and the Unites States have begun military drills on Monday despite North Korea's nuclear strikes threat.

U.S plans to place a high-tech missile defence system in the South Korea.

The North’s “first-strike” units are ready to mount retaliatory attacks on South Korean and U.S. forces involved in the drills, according to the statement, carried by Pyongyang’s state media.

South Korean ministry showed strong regret over the North's warning, saying that drills with the US are defensive in nature and they have no intention of invading Pyongyang.

This defence will involve training to 25,000 American troops and 50,000 South Korean soldiers, according to the U.S. and South Korean militaries.

Analysts say there is a genuine risk of an unintended incident escalating into a military clash, given the current absence of direct communication between the two Koreas. 

Pyongyang has made similar threats in the past, and actual retaliation to South Korea-US military drills has largely been restricted to firing ballistic missiles into the sea.

The South Korean military was on high alert and would "vigorously strike back" in the event of any hostile action.

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