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US-S Korea drill an 'invasion rehearsal', will respond mercilessly: N Korea

The US generals are to travel to the site of a contentious US missile defence system in South Korea

AP | PTI  |  Seoul 

Satellite images show North Korea testing submarine missile

North Korea's military unleashed its standard fiery threats to greet the start of annual US-South Korean military drills that the North claims are an invasion rehearsal.

The North Korean rhetoric today came as top US generals, including Admiral Harry Harris, the commander of US forces in the Pacific, visited


The US generals were to travel to the site of a contentious US missile defence system in later on Tuesday.

The North's military says it will launch an unspecified "merciless retaliation and unsparing punishment" on the United States over the Ulchi Freedom Guardian drills that began yesterday.

has previously issued similar warlike rhetoric whenever US and South Korean troops conducted major joint exercises.

An unprompted direct attack is extremely unlikely because the United States vastly outguns

First Published: Tue, August 22 2017. 10:40 IST
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