01 Mar '11, 12pm

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SEOUL: North Korea on Tuesday threatened a military response to ongoing US-South Korean war games, as Seoul's leader called for talks with Pyongyang to erase the peninsula's Cold War legacy. The annual drills, which began on Monday, follow a year of high tensions marked by two deadly border incidents which the South blames on its neighbour. The US and South Korea say the exercises south of the border are routine and defensive in nature, but Pyongyang calls them a rehearsal for a nuclear attack. The North's foreign ministry said "physical counter-action" by its armed forces was "inevitable" for what it called "self-defence", in a statement carried by the communist state's official news agency. Pyongyang said it had pursued dialogue but the opportunity was fading. "The US should be wholly accountable for all the consequences to be entailed by its military provocations. The D...

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