North Korea has vowed to respond to any “slight provocation” from the nation’s proclaimed enemies with “5 million nuclear bombs” carried by its youth.
The threat was delivered by the Central Committee of the Kimilsungist-Kimjongilist Youth League, warning that “the Earth will break” should they carry on with their attack.
According to Korean Central News Agency, a government spokesperson has claimed that young North Koreans have been “keeping themselves fully combat ready to mercilessly wipe out with five million nuclear bombs the group of devils who are trying to bring a nuclear disaster to the inviolable country.”
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The threat, which is supposedly directed to rival South Korea and its ally the United States, was delivered just as North Korea was conducting its “largest ever” live-fire artillery drills on Tuesday.
Headed by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the event marks the 85th anniversary of the North Korean army. As part of the military spectacle, hundreds of tanks were on display in the town of Wonsan. During the drill, the army fired rockets and torpedoes at mock enemy warships, reports Daily Mail. The exercise saw over 400 large-calibre artillery pieces and submarine torpedoes fired.
The following day, South Korea conducted its own live-fire drills with the U.S. near the North Korean border at Seungjin fire training field in Pocheon, South Korea.
South Korea also gave its own announcement the same day, revealing the progress in setting up the contentious Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system, or THAAD. It noted that the major parts of the US missile defense system have already been installed.