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North Korea both unleashed a threat and sat down for talks Friday as heightened tension on the Korean peninsula dominated a security meeting of Asian leaders.

The isolated communist nation vowed a “physical response” to massive U.S.-South Korean military drills set to begin Sunday. The U.S. Defense Department said the drills are in response to the sinking of the South Korean warship Cheonan and are intended to send a strong message to Pyongyang to stop “provocative and warlike acts.”

At a regional security conference, North Korea lashed out at the impending exercise.

“There will be a physical response against the threat imposed by the United States militarily,” North Korea spokesman Ri Tong Il said outside the Association of Southeast Asian Nations meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Source: CNN

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