SEOUL - North Korea threatened on Saturday to wage a "sacred war" in response to joint military exercises planned by its arch-rival South Korea and the United States, saying it was determined to keep Washington from imposing its political will on it.
The statement was issued by the North's National Defense Commission a day after the secretive state held its first round of talks with the United States since the young and untested Kim Jong-un took office in December upon the death of his father.
"Now that a war has been declared against us, the army and people are firmly determined to counter it with a sacred war of our own style...," said the statement, carried by the state KCNA news agency.
"The US imperialists are the sworn enemy keen to launch another war of aggression to impose an 'American style political mode' upon us...." The sacred war, it said, would use "strong means unknown to the world".
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