North Korea: Peninsula on Brink of War

A defiant North Korea warned on Friday that the Korean peninsula is “on the brink of war,” the same day that China impliedly reminded the United States and South Korea against undertaking joint military exercises within Chinese waters.

North Korea said a planned four-day U.S.-South Korean naval exercises could worsen the already volatile situation in the Korean Peninsula. “The situation on the Korean peninsula is inching closer to the brink of war,” the official North Korean news agency, KCNA, said in a report. North Korea fired several rounds of artillery fire, although it appeared to be a military drill, unlike what occured on Tuesday, when the communist country targeted a South Korean island and killed two civilians and two Marines.

Meanwhile, China said it is against any military drill within its exclusive economic zone, which is near the southern part of Yeonpyeong island, the target of the North Korean artillery fire on Tuesday and one of the possible areas for the U.S.-South Korea war games. The Chinese statement, however, did not mention specifically that it was against the joint U.S.-South Korean military drills, which was planned even before the recent spike in tensions in the peninsula.