North Korea on Tuesday renewed threats of a "physical response" to ongoing South Korea-U.S. joint military exercises. "It's becoming inevitable for our military to show a physical response in self-defense," the official KCNA news agency quoted a spokesman for the North Korean Foreign Ministry as saying.
"Our military and people cannot suppress a flush of anger at the U.S., which has staged a massive war game against the North in a coercive manner. The U.S. should take all responsibility for the consequences of its military provocation," he said.
"The U.S. must know that it will lose more than it will gain by heightening military tensions on the Korean Peninsula," he added.
In an editorial, the official Rodong Sinmun daily said, "Alongside the U.S., the South Korean warmongers are staging the provocative joint military exercises on the assumption of an invasion of the North. Chances of dialogue and peace are disappearing from the Korean Peninsula, but the danger of war is increasing."
"The consequence of a war could be a nuclear catastrophe. To remove the danger of war, warlike forces should stop their game of northward invasion and their armament scheme," it added.