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Kim Jong Un threatens 'all-out war' over South Korean-US military exercise


This undated handout picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency on February 9, 2012 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (C) inspecting the Command of Large Combined Unit 324 of the Korean People's Army at undisclosed place in North Korea. AFP PHOTO / KCNA via KNS



Kim Jong Un threatened "all-out war" against South Korea over a military exercise the country is testing with the United States military. 

South Korea's forces started a two-week defensive exercise last week with the goal of checking its defenses against North Korea. Pyongyang, however, said they believe the drill is for a possible nuclear attack.

"If the enemies fire even a single shell on our inviolable territory... the whole army should turn out as one and lead the battle to an all-out counter-offensive," Kim Jong Un said, according to Agence France Presse

Over 30,000 US troops are participating in the annual joint drill, which is known as the Ulchi Freedom Guardian, the Times-Live reported

Washington and Seoul last partnered in military exercises in June, RT News reported, and North Korea was up in arms over those efforts as well, calling them a "reckless provocation." 

North and South Korea technically remain in a state of war, since the war of 1950-1953 ended with a cease fire that is still in effect as no peace treaty has been signed, RT reported. 

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