People that live around the area where UFG drill takes place have taken to the streets to protest as they feel their lives are in danger after the U.S started plans to place a defense missile system in Seoul, urging North Korea to 'move first' after the supreme leader Kim Jong-Un threatened to attack South Korea.
After the U.S started it's UFG military drill with South Korea on Monday, North Korea has now threatened military action using Nuclear missiles claiming they've been 'strongly provocated'.
''North Korea will turn the stronghold of provocation into a heap of ashes through Korean-style pre-emptive nuclear strike" if the US and South Korea "show the slightest sign of aggression" during the drill, a spokesman for North Korea's military was quoted as saying by the country's state media.
The annual drill will include 25,000 US troops, the bulk of which are already stationed in Korea, according to a statement by US Forces Korea. The purpose of the exercise is to "enhance Alliance readiness, protect the region and maintain stability on the Korean peninsula," the statement said.
South Korean President Park Geun-Hye responded to Pyongyang's threats by saying, "The North Korean regime has been continuously suppressing its people by its reign of terror while ignoring the livelihood of its people."
''The South would prepare for any possible North Korean provocations'
"North Korea's nuclear and missile threats are direct and realistic,"
The US military has been beefing up its presence in the region, jointly deploying three strategic bombers, the B-52 Stratofortress, B-1B Lancer and B-2 Spirit, to the region for the first time.
When asked if the US was concerned about the increasing hostile rhetoric out of Pyongyang, capital of North Korea, US State Department spokesman Mark Toner answered, "There is always concern, but I don't think that is going to keep us from moving forward."
Source: CNN / Al Jazeera