- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 2, 2014

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un met with top military leaders on Tuesday, warning of a “very grave” situation and threatening a new nuclear test.

On Monday, North Korea conducted a live-fire drill along the disputed western boundary in the Yellow Sea, with hundreds of shells crossing into the South. South Korea responded by firing around 300 artillery shells into the North’s territorial waters, the Agence France-Presse reported.

“The current situation is very grave,” Mr. Kim was quoted as saying by the North’s official KCNA news agency on Wednesday.

He said South Korea and the United States had pushed ahead with joint military drills that Pyongyang views as practice for an invasion.

“The United States and other hostile forces, ignoring our magnanimity and goodwill, are viciously stepping up their manoeuvres [sic] in order to annihilate our republic politically, isolate it economically and crush it militarily,” he said.

The North Korean military and people will never tolerate the “US policy of hostility” and will “crush it thoroughly,” Mr. Kim added.

AFP reports that Kim’s statements seemed largely aimed at a domestic audience and his more combative remarks were not translated in the English version of KCNA’s report.

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