The United States and South Korea have for decades conducted huge exercises in the South to prepare for an inevitable conflict with the North Korean regime. Many Western allies frequently participate as there is still a U.N mandate to manage the ceasefire of the conflict that was originally authorized by the United Nations. The United Kingdom is scheduled to do so in the currently unfolding exercise, Ulchi Freedom Guardian, but North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un doesn’t like it one bit.
A statement released by the state news agency in North Korea threatened Britain with a “miserable end” if they go through with the scheduled participation. The North denounced the U.S. and South Korea as “warmongers” and said the exercise was “provocative,” reported The Independent. The statement added, “Formations of strategic bombers loaded with nuclear bombs are always ready for sortie”.
“We solemnly warn not only the US and [the] puppet group but also satellites, including [the] UK and Australia, which are taking advantage of the present war manoeuvres against the North, that they would face a miserable end if they join in,” the statement from the North read.
The Trump administration is struggling to find a clear, cohesive voice on the possible conflict with North Korea, with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson seeming to back down from Trump’s threats and firm talk in recent months. However, the fact remains that North Korea is an existential threat to the U.S. and her allies in the region, even more so with nuclear weapons and an ICBM to launch them.
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