Kim Jong Un’s regime has threatened Britain with a “miserable end” for joining military drills with the United States and South Korea.
Since Monday, 29 British military and civilian personnel have been engaged in Ulchi Freedom Guardian (UFG), an annual US-South Korean military exercise.
The operation, designed to safeguard the Korean peninsula, involves Britain as part of a joint United Nations force, a spokesman for the UK’s Ministry of Defence told Business Insider.
North Korea’s threat, published by state media, said: “We solemnly warn not only the U.S. and puppet group but also satellites, including UK and Australia, which are taking advantage of the present war maneuvers against the north that they would face a miserable end if they join in play with fire by tiger moths of war.”
It was attributed to a spokesman for the National Peace Committee of Korea, North Korea’s official agency for disputes with the south, in a statement carried by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
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The statement also labelled the US and South Korea “war maniacs lacking in reasonable thinking and bereft of elementary judgment and stupid and dull immature infants.”
It also called the UFG drills “arrogant provocations” that were “reeking a powder smell in the whole of South Korea.”
The MoD declined to respond to North Korea’s threat, but noted that the UFG drills were “long-standing annual exercises in the Republic of Korea” and that Britain has been taking part “for several years.”
Australia, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, New Zealand, and the Netherlands are also expected to participate in the drills as part of the UN command forces, the US Department of Defense said in a statement.
Some 80,000 US and South Korean troops are also involved in the exercise, the MoD spokesman said.
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The Hermit Kingdom often issues provocative statements not backed up by its actions or capabilities.
Earlier this month, the North Korean army threatened to launch four nuclear missiles near Guam, which would fly over Japan and land in water 18 to 25 miles from the US island territory.
North Korea is approximately 3,400 km from Guam, and 8,400 km from Britain. If North Korea were to carry out a nuclear attack toward Britain, the missile would have to fly across China, south Asia, and Europe, as can be seen above.
On Monday, Kim Jong Un’s regime also said Australia’s participation in the UFG drills was “a suicidal act of inviting disaster” and “an illustration of political immaturity.”
It emerged recently that a North Korean state-backed tour agency aimed at Russian tourists advertised holidays in the Hermit Kingdom, with claims that “a trip to North Korea is safer than a walk through London in the evening.“