North Korea threatened on Monday to respond with an all-out offensive against South Korea and the United States over their annual military drills.
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South Korean and U.S. troops began large-scale military exercises on Monday in an annual test of their defences against North Korea, which called the drills "nuclear war moves".
"The North Korean army and people will not miss the opportunity to realise the greatest desire of the Korean nation through a sacred war of justice for reunification (in response to any attack by U.S. and South Korean forces)," said the North's state-run television KRT, quoting a statement by its national defence commission.
"We will launch an all-out offensive to decisively counter the U.S. and its followers' hysteric nuclear war moves," KRT news reader added.
The North, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), as it is officially known, routinely issues threats of military action in response to the annual exercises that it sees as preparation for war against them.
The threat on Monday was in line with the usual rhetoric it uses to denounce the drills.
The latest U.N. sanctions imposed on North Korea were drafted by the United States and China as punishment for its nuclear test and satellite launch, which the United States and others say was really a test of ballistic missile technology.