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North Korea Vows Nuclear Response to Military Games

SEOUL, South Korea - Joint U.S. and South Korean military exercises are again drawing warnings of a response from Pyongyang

North Korea says the exercises set to begin this weekend amount to a military provocation that will draw a "powerful" nuclear response from Pyongyang. North Korea routinely threatens war when South Korea and the U.S. hold joint military drills, which Pyongyang sees as a rehearsal for an attack on the North.

The latest threat comes amid increased tensions on the peninsula over the deadly sinking of South Korean warship that Seoul and Washington blame on North Korea. North Korea vehemently denies any involvement in the sinking and says any punishment will trigger war.

The nuclear-powered USS George Washington supercarrier is already docked in the southern port of Busan for the military games set to begin Sunday.

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