North Korea vows to use nuclear weapons to defend sovereignty against US ...

North Korea nuclearGETTYNorth Korea promised to bolster its nuclear power in response to military drills

The despotic regime vowed to respond to “hostile acts” in one of the states propaganda mouthpieces.

The paper said: “As long as the US and its followers continue their hostile acts against us, we will further bolster our nuclear, treasured sword of justice, defend our sovereignty and justice with nuclear weapons.”

They claim the US is raising tensions on the Korean Peninsula to an extreme level by sending three nuclear-powered aircraft carriers to carry out joint military drills with South Korea.

It also claimed threats to mobilise nuclear strategic weapons are foolish and North Korea will continue to bolster the “strength of justice” to prevent invasions.

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It comes after the US Navy carrier, the USS Ronald Reagan, conducted three days of drills with a Japanese destroyer and two Indian warships.

Tensions in the region have heightened after began his 12-day tour of Asia beginning arriving in South Korea today.

Japan's Maritime Self Defence Force said in a press release: “The exercise helped improve fighting skills and deepened cooperation with India.”

The 100,000-tonne Reagan is the US Navy's most powerful warship in Asia, carrying 70 combat aircraft and is based in Japan.

The Reagan will join two other carriers in the Western Pacific, the USS Nimitz and USS Theodore Roosevelt, in a reminder to Pyongyang of the US ability to rapidly mobilise, US officials said.

President is not expected to visit the heavily fortified border between North and South Korea during his visit to the peninsula.

But he will discuss the threat posed by Kim Jong-un with Chinese and South Korean leaders.

He met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the families of Japanese citizens abducted by the North Korean regime on Sunday.

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