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North Korea issues new threat over naval drills

By CNN Staff
May 7, 2013 -- Updated 1020 GMT (1820 HKT)

(CNN) -- North Korea issued a new threat of military action Tuesday if "even a single shell" from U.S. and South Korean naval exercises fell within its territorial waters.

"The prevailing situation goes to prove that they are persisting in their premeditated military provocations in a bid to push the present state of war to an actual war," a statement carried by the North Korean state-run news agency KCNA.

The statement follows a lull in the heated rhetoric emanating from Pyongyang, which tested a nuclear bomb in February and sent a satellite into orbit atop a long-range rocket in December. The North said its forces "will take immediate counteractions in case even a single shell drops over the territorial waters of our side due to the enemies' provocative shelling in the southwestern waters."

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