North Korea threatens 'sacred war' as US and South make show of strength
Published 25/07/2010 | 05:00
A massive nuclear-powered US supercarrier readied yesterday for manoeuvres with ally South Korea in a potent show of force that North Korea has threatened could lead to "sacred war".
The military drills, code-named 'Invincible Spirit', are to run from today until Wednesday with about 8,000 US and South Korean troops, 20 ships and submarines and 200 aircraft. The Nimitz-class USS George Washington, with several thousand sailors and dozens of fighters aboard, was deployed from Japan.
The North routinely threatens attacks whenever South Korea and the US hold joint military drills. The US keeps 28,500 troops in South Korea and 50,000 in Japan.
Still, the North's latest rhetoric threatening "nuclear deterrence" and "sacred war" carries extra weight following the sinking of a South Korean warship that killed 46 sailors. Seoul and Washington said a North Korean torpedo was responsible for the March sinking of the Cheonan, considered the worst military attack on the South since the 1950-53 Korean War.
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