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North Korea warns US commander in South Korea, threatens 'miserable destruction'

On Saturday, a top North Korean military official warned that if the US and South Korea continued with routine joint drills, which North Korea views as hostile, South Korea would face 'miserable destruction.'

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A South Korean army soldier patrols inside the barbed-wire fence at Imjingak in Paju near the demilitarized zone (DMZ) of Panmunjom, South Korea, Feb. 17. North Korea warned the US commander in South Korea Saturday, that if the US and South Korea did not cease joint military drills, the South would face 'miserable destruction.'

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North Korea warned the top American commander in South Korea on Saturday of "miserable destruction" if the U.S. military presses ahead with routine joint drills with South Korea set to begin next month.

Pak Rim Su, chief of North Korea's military delegation to the truce village of Panmunjom inside the Demilitarized Zone, sent the warning Saturday morning to Gen. James Thurman, Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency said, in a rare direct message to the U.S. commander.

The threat comes as the U.S. and other nations discuss how to punish North Korea for conducting an underground nuclear test on Feb. 12 in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions banning Pyongyang from nuclear and missile activity.

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