North Korea says it's ready to use its nuclear deterrent in what it calls a 'sacred war' against the South. The North's defence minister's statement was reported by state media there. The minister accused Seoul of deliberately stoking tension by staging successive joint military drills with the U.S. next to the North's territory. He said the latest exercise, one of the largest in the South's history, was an outright preparation for an attack against Pyongyang. The maoeuvres involved heavy military machinery, fighter jets, missile launchers and hundreds of troops, and was held just thirty kilometres from North Korea. The series of war games comes in the wake of the recent cross-border artillery exchange that killed four South Koreans. Rt talks to Glyn Ford, who's a former British EU parliament member and author of the book 'North Korea on the Brink: Struggle for Survival'.
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