North Korea has been making threats again
This time it says it'll respond in the strongest possible way to any South Korean and U.S. provocations related to its recent firing exercises.
In an article published in one of its dailies Saturday, the North's Workers' Party said its military exercises were legitimate preparations to defend itself from outside aggression.
Pyongyang says it has not ruled out the use of nuclear weapons in its response in a possible reference to a fourth nuclear test.
Meanwhile, the U.S. has reiterated that North Korea must take meaningful steps towards denuclearization and refrain from provocations before the resumption of the six-party talks.
A spokesperson from the State Department said the U.S. has seen no evidence of North Korea's willingness to stick to its side of the bargain.
The six-party talks involving the two Koreas, the U.S., China, Japan and Russia have been stalled since late 2008.