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North Korea warns US over joint naval drill

: Oct 17, 2013 - : 1:38 am

North Korea warned the United States of “horrible disaster” on Tuesday, October 8, as the isolated state put troops on alert against a joint naval drill involving a US aircraft carrier.

North Korean troops had been ordered to “keep themselves fully ready to promptly launch operations any time”, a spokesman for the General Staff of the Korean People’s Army said, in a statement carried by the state-run Korean Central News Agency.

The massive naval drill near the Korean peninsula was staged by the United States, South Korea and Japan from Tuesday to Thursday and involved the nuclear-powered carrier USS George Washington.

The drill comes after Seoul and Washington recently signed a new joint strategy to counter the growing threat of a North Korean nuclear or chemical weapons attack.

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