More sabre-rattling from North Korea – it’s threatened a ‘physical response’ to US plans to hold joint military drills with South Korea.
The tough talk by Pyongyang came as America’s top diplomat Hillary Clinton urged Asia to enforce strict sanctions against the reclusive regime at the 27-member ASEAN security forum in Hanoi.
Washington and Seoul blame the North for the sinking of a South Korean warship in March.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said: “We regret and condemn the actions of North Korea, the belligerence, the provocation, the sinking of the South Korean ship, Cheonan.’‘
Pyongyang didn’t specify what it’s response might be but described the US move to hold wargames in the sea of Japan this weekend as ‘hostile’.
North Korean spokesman Ri Tong Il said:
“There will be a physical response against the threat imposed by the United States militarily. It is no longer the 19th century which is maintained the gunboat diplomacy at that time”
China has also condemned the planned four day military drills between the US and South Korea this weekend, launching its own exercises off its eastern coast.
Clinton was also in Hanoi to preside over a repatriation ceremony for the remains of three US soldiers who went missing in action during the Vietnam war.