North Korea to scrap armistice if South Korea and U.S. continue drills

SEOUL Tue Mar 5, 2013 11:58am GMT

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) inspects an artillery firing drill of the Korean People's Army units in an undisclosed location in this undated recent picture released by the North's official KCNA news agency in Pyongyang February 26, 2013. REUTERS/KCNA

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) inspects an artillery firing drill of the Korean People's Army units in an undisclosed location in this undated recent picture released by the North's official KCNA news agency in Pyongyang February 26, 2013.

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SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea said on Tuesday it will scrap the armistice signed in 1953 that ended a three-year conflict with rival South Korea if the South and the United States continue with two-month long annual military drills.

The threat was attributed by the KCNA news agency to the Korean People's Army Supreme Command spokesman and raises the level of bellicose rhetoric from the North, which faces additional international sanctions after its nuclear test last month.

It has already warned of "destruction" of the South if it goes ahead with the military exercises with the United States.

The two Koreas are still technically still at war after the 1950-53 civil war ended in a truce rather than a treaty.

(Reporting by Jack Kim; Editing by Nick Macfie)

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