As the United States and South Korea prepare for over a week of joint military drills, North Korea, which sees the drills as practice for an invasion, has threatened a “merciless strike” to defend itself from the “reckless behavior” of the U.S. and South Korea, according to a report from CNN.
CNN cited an editorial printed in North Korean government newspaper Rodong Sinmun. Guam, Hawaii and the United States mainland were all mentioned as potential targets.
The annual Ulchi Freedom Guardian military exercises, the modern drills that continue today, started in 1976. While North Korea has always seen them as provocative, the drills have taken on new meaning after the escalation in recent weeks of what North Korea has called “reckless behavior driving the situation into the uncontrollable phase of a nuclear war.”