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Feb 25, 2010 9:44 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

North Korea threatens nuclear attack over US drills

North Korea has reacted to U.S.-South Korean military maneuvers scheduled next month with a threat and a warning.

Pyongyang says it could launch a "powerful" attack if the drills proceed, warning that it could even resort to nuclear means. The threat, routinely issued before the regularly scheduled military exercises, was made just hours after President Barack Obama's special envoy to North Korea arrived in the South.

Communist North Korea, believed to have enough weaponized plutonium to make at least a half-dozen atomic bombs, quit six-nation disarmament talks last year and conducted a nuclear test, earning stricter sanctions. International efforts are under way to draw North Korea back to the negotiating table.

U.S. envoy Stephen Bosworth met today with a South Korean official after a stop in Beijing for talks.

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