North Korea slams US-South Korea computer-simulated drills

22 August, 2017, 00:46 | Author: Brian Mcdaniel

Monday also marked the first time the North Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs took aim at some of Washington's allies, going as far as to single out Australia, saying, "Not long after the Australian prime minister had stated that they would join in the aggressive moves of the United States, even referring to ANZUS which exists in name only, the Australian military announced that they would dispatch their troops to the aggressive nuclear exercises of the USA".

Tens of thousands of American and South Korean troops will participate in the event, which will be directly overseen by three top U.S. military commanders.

North Korea is issuing fresh threats against the United States as a 10-day computer-based military exercise gets under way on the Korean peninsula.

But what is the Ulchi-Freedom Guardian military drill, and why could it heighten tensions between North Korea and the world even more? The media in the Communist state yesterday described the teachings as "reckless" action, which could lead to a nuclear war.

North Korea has previously claimed it has nuclear missiles capable of smashing the USA mainland. He also cautioned North Korea to "not exaggerate our efforts to keep peace" nor to use the exercises as an excuse to engage in provocations.

US President Donald Trump assured South Korea he would consult with them before making any military decisions on North Korea, according to Moon.

In commentary carried by the official Rodong Sinmun newspaper, the North said Washington was "mistaken" to think that a nuclear war would take place on "somebody else's doorstep far away from them across the Pacific".

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How has North Korea reacted?

He added: "This right now is an exercise to make certain that we're ready to defend South Korea and our allies over there".

"We call on all countries to redouble their efforts, including through implementation of agreed UN Security Council resolutions, to bring North Korea to its senses and end its reckless and risky threats to the peace of our region and the world", he added.

Harris is also expected to observe the start of the US-South Korean Ulchi Freedom Guardian (UFG) drills. In exchange for their suspension, China has suggested that North Korea should freeze its nuclear program.

China and Russian Federation have also called for the suspension of the joint military drills along with a freeze on North Korean missile and nuclear tests.

Kim would "watch a little more the foolish and stupid conduct of the Yankees", a North Korean statement said last week.

Pyongyang tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) last month that appeared to bring much of the USA within range.

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