US-South Korea war games got under way in the Sea of Japan today as a flotilla of 20 US and South Korean ships conducted the first of four days of military exercises as North Korea threatened nuclear deterrence.
A North Korea diplomat said there would be a 'a physical response to the threat imposed by the United States militarily.' He spoke as US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited the Southeast Asia regional security forum (ASEAN) to build support for new sanctions against North Korea.
North Korea denounced joint US and South Korean exercises on Thursday in a volley of rhetoric that analysts believe was sure to increase regional tensions, but not fresh clashes.
Secretary of State Clinton announced new North Korea sanctions Wednesday, but many experts doubt the measures will persuade North Korea to resume talks over its nuclear program.
North Korea sanctions announced by Hilary Clinton on her visit to South Korea's DMZ Wednesday are a display of solidarity to ease South Korean concerns about the American commitment.
The United States is getting tough on North Korea by conducting military drills using the USS George Washington with South Korea next week.
The sinking of a naval ship in March called into question the longtime 'Sunshine Policy.' But could dire health care problems and new UN talks help ease North Korea's isolated stance in time for six-party-talks?
Amnesty International's report on the poor state of health care in North Korea may be a contributing factor in why North Korea accepted a UN proposal for leaders to meet face-to-face.
Panmunjom, the village on the border between South and North Korea, will be the setting for talks between North Korea and the US-led UN Command to discuss the sinking of a South Korean warship in March.
North Korea agreed to its first talks with the US in a year, and is signaling interest in restarting the six-party talks about nuclear disarmament.