North Korea has warned that US and South Korean joint military exercises could result in “actual war.” North Korean diplomat Ju Yong Choi described the joint military exercises as “massive, unprecedented” and a “major cause of escalation of tension that might turn into actual war,” reported Reuters. The diplomat, speaking in Geneva to a UN-sponsored

conference on disarmament, said the ongoing exercises were aimed at conducting a “pre-emptive nuclear attack” against Pyongyang. The latest comments come amid rising tensions on the peninsula, with the US deploying the first elements of its anti-missile defence system to South Korea. In response, US Disarmament Ambassador Robert Wood said North Korea was “a pariah, an outlier” which violated international laws with its ballistic missile and nuclear tests. FULL STORY