North Korea vows to wipe out US, South Korea if attacked

North Korea claimed Sunday that joint military exercises by South Korea and the United States were a rehearsal for an attack against it and warned it would repel any aggression. "The army and people of (North Korea) will never remain an onlooker to the US military and the South Korean bellicose forces staging frantic anti-(North Korea) war moves," the North's official Korean Central News Agency quoted Gen. Kim Jong Gak as saying at a meeting in its capital. "Should the US imperialists and their following forces misjudge (North Korea's) will and act rashly," North Korea's people and army "will mercilessly wipe out the aggressors to the last man," Kim said. The harsh North Korean rhetoric is not new, but came three days after South Korea and the US ended annual computer-simulated military drills.