China has made a similar threat saying that they were willing to go to war to enforce their territorial claims.
Obama has put a nuclear first strike off the table which, in effect, signals to both crazy nations that "you can hit me first--I promise not to cry." The only deterrent in the mix is that nuclear weapons kill innocent people and it wouldn't be nice if they launched them at us.
Pyongyang threatens us every year during our joint exercises with Seoul but this time it comes on the heels of a defection by one of their senior diplomats and a U.S. plan to provide South Korea with a defense missile system.
Tensions were already high in the region last week when China flexed its latest offensive weapons in the Sea of Japan war games.
Beijing showed off their latest generation frigate and long-range bombers, warning the U.S. that it isn't going to negotiate its territorial claims over the uninhabited islands controlled by Japan.
The U.S. and South Korea began their joint war games despite Pyongyang's angry threats, which claimed their "first-strike" units were locked and loaded for retaliatory attacks on the South and U.S. forces.
South Korea expressed "strong" regret over the North's warnings, explaining that the drills were for defensive measures only and both Seoul and the U.S. have repeatedly made it clear that they have no intentions of invading Pyongyang.
The Ulchi Freedom Guardian drills last for 12 days and are mostly computer-simulated war games involving about 25,000 US troops and 50,000 South Korean soldiers. This comes just a few days after Thae Yong Ho, a North Korean official, defected to South Korea. He said he was "disillusioned" with the North's leadership, and Pyongyang's state media called him "human scum" and a criminal who had been ordered home for a series of alleged criminal acts, including sexually assaulting a minor.
Of course, the allegations are simply propaganda. If anyone was to sexually assaulted a minor, it would be Kim Jung Un and possibly Bill Clinton.