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    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watches landing and anti-landing exercises being carried out by the Korean People's Army (KPA) at an unknown location, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on March 20, 2016

    Kim Jong Un: North Korea Ready to Attack Seoul Government Buildings

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    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has vowed to attack Seoul government buildings if South Korea challengers Pyongyang.

    TOKYO (Sputnik) – North Korea’s artillery forces "will turn Seoul into rubble and ashes" if "the enemies challenge us [Pyongyang]," North Korea’s Central News Agency (KCNA) quoted Kim Jong Un as saying on Friday, when the North Korean leader was overseeing a large artillery drill.

    According to KCNA, the military exercise involved a simulated strike on the governing bodies in Seoul as well as the Blue House, the executive office and official residence of the South Korean head of state.

    North Korea's threats against Seoul come as the maritime portion of the annual Foal Eagle military exercises between South Korean and US forces began on Thursday. Foal Eagle is a series of joint and combined field training exercises conducted by US-South Korea Combined Forces Command each year.

    As in past years, North Korea responded to the beginning of Foal Eagle with a threat to annihilate its enemies with nuclear weapons.


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      I doubt the US would not "respond" if I joint Chinese/Russian/Cuban maritime exercise on the scale of Foal Eagle were to be held off Cuban waters just outside the US 12 mile territorial limit and all around Guantanamo bay? I would think there would be a lot of huffing and puffing from Washington, and undoubtedly a sizable US Naval presence with the intent of disrupting the exercises under Freedom of Navigation pretenses.

      Or put another way, if the US would stop holding war games in SK, NK would not feel the need to make such bellicose statements. Perhaps the US should invite SK forces to the US for joint exercises instead. There would be a similar training benefit, but without the antagonistic proximity to the North.
    • Anton KOMAROVin reply to (Show commentHide comment)
      Erik Trete, hi... yep
    • Anton KOMAROV
      The Us Clearly knew that North Korea would have this kind of response they always do.....Both camps just beleive that this time again it will be a simple replay of the past crisis, with a peak in the crisis by let's say a nuclear blast or the capture of some kind of boat....the problem in those kind of intimidatory manoevoures is the inerent danger to keep enemy fleets, army and aviation in so close proximity...wars start like that...and it will be a total cock up because it is only sabre ratteling both camps are unprepared for war ...some will say that the Koreans are technically and psychologically in war but it is another thing to experience it hot...And now how will we extinguish this fire burning in a country with nuclear weapons...those people do not think...one could easily think how the pentagon is thinking, the nuclear weapons of N.K are bulky... they could be easily taken out by an early strike....that most of the millitary hardware of N.K are old etc, etc but they forget that no plan survives the first engagement and the N.Koreans will fight... despite the routine type of this kind of drills , it still gives me the vision of armaggedon
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