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North Korea threatens to end the ceasefire with South Korea if the country and the US do not stop an ongoing military training exercise session. The armistice they would scrap is the one that ended, or more precisely suspended, the 1950-53 Korean War. The North and South are still technically at war after the civil conflict ended in an armistice rather than a peace treaty.
The warning was issued on 5 March and stated that South Korea will cancel the Korean War ceasefire agreement on 11 March if they do not stop the annual joint US-S. Korea military drills which started on 1 March. Earlier North Korea warned the US commander in South Korea of “miserable destruction” if the US went ahead with the two-month-long exercise.
Pyongyang's threat follows reports that Washington and Beijing have drafted a series of sanctions to be circulated among UN Security Council members in the wake of North Korea’s third nuclear test in February. Details of the tentative sanctions remained murky.
The United States and other members of the international community have viewed North Korea’s third nuclear test as putting the isolated state one step closer towards developing a nuclear weapon which can target America.