North Korea slams upcoming US-South military exercises

North Korea slams upcoming US-South military exercises

North Korea slams upcoming US-South military exercises

The warning - printed in an official North Korean government newspaper - came just hours before the USA and South Korea were slated today to start the so-called "Ulchi Freedom Guardian" military exercises, a 10-day annual military drill on the Korean peninsula.

Strategic assets of the US military, including an aircraft carrier and a nuclear-powered submarine, may not be deployed during the upcoming joint exercises on the Korean peninsula.

"It's to prepare if something big were to occur and we needed to protect ROK", said Michelle Thomas, a USA military spokeswoman, referring to South Korea by its official name, the Republic of Korea. The China Daily, in an editorial posted yesterday, said it was "regrettable" that the US has so far rejected the dual suspension proposal.

August 18, 2017 (EIRNS)-In a press release issued, today, the U.S. Department of Defense announced that the joint U.S. That number is down from 25,000 a year ago, Reuters reports.

"If the United States is lost in a fantasy that war on the peninsula is at somebody else's door far away from them across the Pacific, it is far more mistaken than ever", the paper added.

Pyongyang then threatened to fire a salvo of missiles towards the USA territory of Guam - a plan that leader Kim Jong-un last week delayed, but warned could go ahead depending on Washington's next move.

US President Donald Trump assured South Korea he would consult with them before making any military decisions on North Korea, according to Moon. The number of USA troops is 7,500 fewer than a year ago.

North Korea's Supreme Leader believes it is a way for the South to prepare for an invasion and has previously declared it "little short of a declaration of a war".

The situation has added to pressure on the US and South Korea to stop the military drills.

A photo distributed by the North Korean government late last month shows what was said to be the launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile.

"North Korea should not exaggerate our efforts to keep peace nor should they engage in provocations that would worsen the situation, using (the exercise) as an excuse", he said.

SecDef Mattis commented, "the worldwide community also recognizes that North Korea is a threat to Asia and to the world".

The United States and South Korea also hold larger war games in the spring, called Key Resolve and Foal Eagle, which involve live-fire exercises and training with tanks, aircraft and warships. The North Korean government newspaper also promised that the pariah state can at anytime target the USA with a "merciless strike".

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