North Korea has warned the United States risks starting an “uncontrollable phase of nuclear war” by conducting a joint military exercise with South Korea this week.  Beginning Monday, The United States, South Korea and other nations are taking part in the Ulchi-Freedom Guardian military exercises. The exercises are an annual military ‘war games’ event.

Pyongyang also declared its army can target the United States anytime, and neither Guam, Hawaii nor the U.S. mainland can “dodge the merciless strike.” The messages were in the Rodong Sinmun, the official government newspaper. Tensions between the US and North Korea have grown in recent weeks. Just last week, Pyongyang said it had finalized a plan to fire four missiles toward the U.S. territory of Guam. READ MORE