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North Korea threatens nuclear strike as U.S.-South Korea war games begin

North Korea threatens nuclear strike as U.S.-South Korea war games begin

North Korea on Monday issued its latest belligerent threat, warning of an indiscriminate "preemptive nuclear strike of justice" on Washington and Seoul, this time in reaction to the start of huge U.S.-South Korean military drills.

Such threats have been a staple of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un since he took power after his dictator father's death in December 2011. But they increase especially when Washington and Seoul stage what they call annual defensive springtime war games. The government in Pyongyang says the drills, which started Monday and run through the end of April, are invasion rehearsals.

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