South Korea issues North stern warning after threat to hit presidential residence

South Korea has once again warned the North that its “provocations” risk speeding up the “collapse of its dictatorial system” following North Korea’s threat to attack the South.

South Korea issues North stern warning after threat to hit presidential residence

The South’s Joint Chiefs of Staff issued the warning in a statement on Wednesday, responding to an earlier threat by the North Korean military to blow up the presidential Blue House in Seoul, AFP reported.

“North Korea must keep in mind that it will be responsible for all situations arising from its reckless provocations and we warn it will only speed up the collapse of its dictatorial system,” it said.

North Korea will face “stern punishment” if it ignored Seoul’s warning, the statement added.

The North Korean military had leveled the threat in response to the prospect of the South’s annual joint war games with the United States. Code-named Key Resolve/Foal Eagle, the drills are to be held in their largest-ever proportions in the next month.

Washington will dispatch 15,000 troops to the computer-simulated Key Resolve drill, up from 3,700 last year. The drill, which lasted 10 days in 2015, usually begins simultaneously with the Foal Eagle field exercise.