North Korea warns of nuclear war over United States military drills with South

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"President Moon said he understands why the United States has traditionally said all options were on the table to push North Korea to give up its nuclear ambitions".

North Korea has sent another threat America's way warning of a "merciless strike" ahead of joint military drills between the US and South Korea.

"No one can guarantee that the exercise won't evolve into actual fighting", North Korea claimed in the editorial, according to a South Korean news agency.

Trump pledged to respond to any North Korea aggression with "fire and fury" last week, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reiterated Trump's strong stance on Thursday, saying Washington is "prepared militarily" to respond, adding that although the U.S.is seeking a peaceful solution, it "has to be backed by a strong military effect if North Korea chooses wrongly".

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The South Korean president agreed on the need to add more pressure on the North, but insisted the final and sole objective of the additional pressure must be to resolve the North Korean nuclear issue "peacefully" and through dialogue.

Last week, North Koreans announced they had finalized a plan to fire four missiles toward the island of Guam, which is considered the United States territory. Mattis also made clear the United States is willing to use force if North Korea steps out of line.

"The Trump group's declaration of the reckless nuclear war exercises.is a reckless behavior driving the situation into the uncontrollable phase of a nuclear war", the report in Rodong Sinmun read, according to CNN. State media reported that leader Kim Jong Un would assess the United States' next move before giving launch orders.

The latest missile threat from North Korea comes ahead of joint military drills between the US and South Korea. However, the US and South Korea maintain they are purely defensive.

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"North Korea is very good at smokescreen".

Tens of thousands of South Korean and U.S. troops are taking part in the "Ulchi Freedom Guardian" joint military drills, a largely computer-simulated exercise that runs for two weeks in the South.

China and Russian Federation have also called for the suspension of the joint military drills along with a freeze on North Korean missile and nuclear tests. About 17,500 US service members are participating in the exercise this month, down from 25,000 a year ago, according to the Pentagon.

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