North Korea Warns Australia That Aiding US Would Be 'Suicidal Act'

US South Korea joint drills dangerous Pyongyang

US South Korea joint drills dangerous Pyongyang

The warning comes a day ahead of the start of the joint US and South Korean Ulchi-Freedom Guardian military exercises, amid escalating tensions between the countries.

Far from the dusty firing ranges just south of the heavily fortified border with North Korea, U.S. and South Korean troops hunch over laptops and screens wearing earphones and camouflaged combat uniforms, according to photos of past UFG drills on the United States Forces Korea website.

The North also criticized the recent visits of top USA military officials to South Korea - Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford, Pacific Command Commander Adm. Harry Harris, Strategic Command Commander Gen. John Hyten and Missile Defense Agency Director Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves - saying they were here to hold a "war confab". Moon has repeatedly said that the United States and South Korea are in firm agreement on their policies regarding Pyongyang and North Korea.

North Korea said it was drawing up plans to fire four missiles into the sea off Guam - and in a high stakes war of words with the US, Mr Trump told Kim Jong Un he would unleash "fire and fury" on North Korea if it threatened America or its allies.

U.S. disarmament ambassador Robert Wood told the United Nations-sponsored Conference on Disarmament that the "path to dialogue still remains an option" for Pyongyang, but that Washington remained "undeterred in defending against the threat North Korea poses".

Moreover, high-ranking bosses of the USA imperialist aggressor forces flew into South Korea to hold a war confab.

"In cooperation with other nations, we will continue to employ diplomatic and economic pressure to convince North Korea to end its illegal nuclear and ballistic missile program", said Tillerson here at a joint press conference with visiting Japanese officials.

Known as Ulchi Freedom Guardian, the joint drills have their roots in a 1968 raid on South Korea's Blue House presidential complex, when a North Korean army unit secretly entered South Korea and unsuccessfully attempted to assassinate the then president, Park Chung-hee.

"North Korea has shown it has no regard for the welfare of its own population, no regard for the security and good relations with its neighbours and no regard for worldwide law", he said in a statement.

Some 40,000 American and South Korean troops as well as civilians, training civil defense response, will participate in the exercises.

The United States and South Korean began long-planned joint military exercises on Monday called the Ulchi Freedom Guardian, which the allies have said were purely defensive and did not aim to increase tension on the Korean peninsula.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) celebrating the successful test-fire of the intercontinental ballistic missile Hwasong-14 at an undisclosed location.

The comments from Admiral Harry Harris, the head of US Pacific Command (PACOM), came a day after the USS John McCain collided with a merchant ship, leaving 10 sailors missing and another five injured.

"If the United States is lost in a fantasy that war on the peninsula is at somebody else's door far away from them across the Pacific, it is far more mistaken than ever", it noted, adding that Washington will be "adding fuel to the fire" by moving ahead with the exercises.

"North Korea must understand that its repeated provocations are forcing them to conduct defensive exercises, which in turn keeps the vicious cycle going", he said. Pyongyang had threatened to fire four ballistic missiles near waters off the USA territory of Guam but backed off its threat last week while key US officials played down fears that war with the North was imminent.

Seoul's unification ministry declined to compare the level of North Korea's war rhetoric with last year's.

A propaganda video released by North Korea's state-run Uriminzokkiri website Saturday, shortly before the start of the exercises, showed senior USA leaders - including Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis - above flames and warned the Trump administration to keep "its eyes and ears open from now on".

It added: "The Australian government had better devote time and energy to maintaining peace of its own country, instead of forgetting the lessons learned in the past and joining the U.S.in the moves for nuclear war".

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