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NKorea: US-SKorea exercises leading to 'nuclear disaster'

South Korean army soldiers patrol along the barbed-wire fence in Paju, South Korea, near the border with North Korea, Monday, March 6, 2017. North Korea on Monday fired four banned ballistic missiles that flew about 1,000 kilometers (620 miles), with three of them landing in Japan's exclusive economic zone, South Korean and Japanese officials said, in an apparent reaction to huge military drills by Washington and Seoul that Pyongyang insists are an invasion rehearsal. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

South Korean army soldiers patrol along the barbed-wire fence in Paju, South Korea, near the border with North Korea, Monday, March 6, 2017. North Korea on Monday fired four banned ballistic missiles that flew about 1,000 kilometers (620 miles), with three of them landing in Japan's exclusive economic zone, South Korean and Japanese officials said, in an apparent reaction to huge military drills by Washington and Seoul that Pyongyang insists are an invasion rehearsal. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)  (The Associated Press)

North Korea is warning that U.S.-South Korean military exercises are driving the Korean Peninsula and northeast Asia toward "nuclear disaster."

North Korea's U.N. Ambassador Ja Song Nam claimed in a letter to the U.N. Security Council on Monday that the joint exercises that began on March 1 are "the most undisguised nuclear war maneuvers" and may spark "an actual war."

He said that "Consequently, the situation on the Korean Peninsula is again inching to the brink of a nuclear war."

Ja again urged the Security Council to discuss the U.S.-South Korea exercises.

He said if the council again ignores the request it will demonstrate that the U.N.'s most powerful body is only a "political tool" of the United States.

Ja accused the Trump administration of an "extreme" anti-North Korea policy.