North Korea threatened on Saturday to “counter the U.S.” if the United States holds joint military exercises with South Korea, and said it would not beg for talks with Washington.
North Korea threatening to "counter the U.S." if it holds joint military exercises with South Korea.
The warning coming after it was reported that the U.S. will begin the drills with the South in early April - the latest in a series of exercises seen as a threat by Pyongyang.
North Korea's official KCNA news agency saying on Saturday: "If the U.S. finally holds joint military exercises while keeping sanctions on the DPRK, the DPRK will counter the U.S. by its own mode of counteraction…"
Announced in late February, the U.S. said it was imposing its largest package of sanctions against North Korea in an effort to pressure Pyongyang to give up its nuclear and missile programs.
While the North has slammed Trump for the sanctions, it also said it was open to talks and reiterated that on Saturday.
However, it also added that it would not beg for talks with Washington.
In a phone call with Trump, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said he plans to send a special envoy to North Korea after an invitation from the North's leader Kim Jong Un.