South Korea’s live fire training exercises are being heard in North Korea. leaders of the communist regime fired back with a threat of their own.
South Korea is flexing its military muscle just 20 miles from the North Korean border.
The live fire war games, some of the biggest ever conducted by South Korea, are clearly intended to send a message to its neighbor to the north.
But the communist regime is not backing down. North Korea's defense minister is threatening to launch what he calls a "sacred" nuclear war if his country is attacked. U.S. officials believe North Korea has between one and six nuclear weapons but do not know how accurately it can launch them.
The U.S. and its allies have been trying to get North Korea to abandon its nuclear programs but those talks broke down and the North Koreans kicked inspectors out of the country.
“North Korea, right now, is not meeting its obligations,” said P.J. Crowley of the State Department. “It’s not meeting its commitments.”
South Korea often conducts live fire exercises on this island near a disputed border with North Korean waters. But last month, North Korea responded with artillery shells that killed four people including two civilians. South Korea says its stepped up exercises are needed to safeguard peace.
The two Koreas are technically still at war since there was no peace treaty when their 1950s conflict ended.