North Korea says US 'bringing Korean peninsula to brink of war'

Seoul, Nov.26 (ANI): North Korea on Friday accused the United States of s bringing the Korean peninsula "to the brink of war" by agreeing to participate in a four-day joint war game with South Korea that starts this weekend.

The latest broadside from the regime of Kim Jong-il was issued as a US carrier battle group led by the nuclear-powered USS George Washington steamed towards the Yellow Sea in a show of deterrent force to Pyongyang, The Telegraph reports.

"The situation on the Korean peninsula is inching closer to the brink of war," warned a dispatch from the Korean Central News Agency said.

It added: "Gone are the days when verbal warnings are served only."

This morning, North Korean state television and radio blared out martial music interspersed with official statements about the shelling of South Korean's Yeonpyeong Island on Tuesday which left four people dead and destroyed houses and parts of a military base.

In a further show of US solidarity with Seoul, General Walter Sharp, the US military commander in South Korea, visited the shelled island, touring burned buildings and stating again that the attack was a violation of the ceasefire that ended the 1950-53 Korean War. (ANI)

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