SEOUL – North Korea threatened a “miserable end” for South Korea’s president and her American allies on Wednesday, in its latest colorfully worded attack.
Pyongyang declared it would wage a “retaliatory battle of justice” against Park Geun-hye, with its artillery units standing ready to turn her office into a “sea of flames and ashes.”
“What the DPRK warns is not hot air. It will be clearly proved by the miserable end the U.S. and the Park group will meet while going reckless,” said the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea (CPRK), using the formal name for North Korea.
The latest volley comes as Seoul and Washington stage their annual Key Resolve and Foal Eagle military drills, which this year are the largest ever, in the wake of a recent North Korean nuclear test and long-range rocket launch.
The massive drills — which include airstrike exercises targeting key facilities in the North — are a “thrice-cursed provocation” against Pyongyang’s leadership, the CPRK said, according to the KCNA news agency.
In recent weeks, Pyongyang has maintained a daily barrage of threats of nuclear strikes against both Seoul and Washington over the drills, which it sees as a provocative rehearsal for invasion.
Tensions have been running high since the North carried out an atomic test in January, followed by a long-range rocket launch that was widely seen as a disguised ballistic missile test.
The U.N. Security Council responded by slapping its toughest-ever sanctions on the North for violating U.N. sanctions that ban the isolated state from conducting any ballistic missile test.
In an apparent show of anger, the North has launched a series of short-range and medium-range missiles into the sea off its east coast since last week.
Cross-border ties are at their lowest in years, with the conservative Park maintaining her hard-line stance toward the impoverished North.
She warned last week Pyongyang was moving on a path of “self-destruction” after leader Kim Jong Un ordered a nuclear warhead test.