The threat came after South Korea and the US kicked off their five-day joint air force drills on Monday, with B-1B Lancer strategic bomber aircraft and F-22 Raptor stealth fighter jets mobilized.
The North has long denounced the allies’ military exercise as a rehearsal for an invasion.Key US officials issued warnings against the wayward regime after the North on November 29 fired a new intercontinental ballistic missile that it claims is capable of striking anywhere in the US.
US National Security Adviser HR McMaster said that the possibility of war with North Korea is “increasing every day”.
Mike Pompeo, director of the Central Intelligence Agency, warned last week that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un did not realize how precarious his position is in the world.
North Korea said that a series of war remarks from US officials have made “an outbreak of war on the Korean Peninsula an established fact”.
“If the US does not want to be burnt to death by the fire it ignites, it would better behave with prudence and caution,” the KCNA added.
On Wednesday, China’s state-run Jilin Daily published a full page advisory for readers on how to protect themselves against a nuclear strike. Readers were advised to wear masks, wash clothes vigorously and take iodine tablets to prevent radioactive contamination.
Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.