As the annual war games approaches, North Korea thinks that the U.S. is planning to invade the estranged country.
North Korea is warning the South that it will take "dramatic action" against the upcoming war games with the U.S, adding that a nuclear war is about to happen.
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The threat isn't new. North Korea's harsh propaganda has been going on for years. Last year, the isolated country threatened to launch a nuclear strike on Washington and Seoul following the commencement of the annual "Foal Eagle" war drills.
But analysts believe this year will not be as tense. Yoo Ho-yeol, a professor at the Korea University in South Korea, said that he doesn't expect much tension this year. "North Korea is maintaining its nuclear weapons program but hasn't launched any fresh provocation, so this year's drills would be more like the routine ones they conducted in previous years," he told the Associated Press.
Meanwhile, North Korea issued a statement accusing the U.S. of planning to invade the country - formerly called the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
"It is the strategic goal of the U.S. to invade the DPRK. The U.S. is working hard to kick off large-scale joint military drills this year, too, for the purpose of mounting a pre-emptive nuclear attack upon the DPRK," the North Korean newspaper Rodong Sinmun said on Monday.
In spite of the warning, Seoul and Washington will push through with the war games. This year's drills, expected to end in April, will include training on land, sea, and air.