North Korea Threatens To Resume Nuclear Testing

North Korea issued the warning in protest over upcoming joint military drills between the U.S. and South Korea.
Posted at 11:16 AM, Jul 16, 2019

North Korea threatened to resume nuclear and missile tests Tuesday in protest over upcoming joint military exercises between the U.S. and South Korea.

North Korea's Foreign Ministry said the exercises planned for August violate promises President Donald Trump made to leader Kim Jong-un during their 2018 denuclearization talks.

The ministry said in a statement, "With the U.S. unilaterally reneging on its commitments, we are gradually losing our justifications to follow through on the commitments we made with the U.S. as well."

North Korea test launched short-range ballistic missiles as recently as May. But the country hasn't launched a long-range weapon since November 2017

Earlier this year, the U.S. and South Korea announced they'd no longer hold their two annual large-scale joint military drills. Instead, they'd carry out a couple smaller operations. But no matter the size, North Korea's not a fan of the exercises, citing them as a reason it needs to have a nuclear arsenal.

Preparation for next month's military exercises comes as the U.S. and North Korea recently agreed to resume denuclearization talks when President Trump visited North Korea late last month. Talks between the two countries had previously been at a standstill following a failed February summit between the two leaders in Vietnam.