Pyongyang, August 6: North Korea said despite repeated warnings, the United States and South Korean authorities have finally started the joint military exercise targeting the DPRK.
DPRK’s spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry said, “This is an undisguised denial and a flagrant violation of June 12 DPRK-U.S. Joint Statement, Panmunjom Declaration and September Pyongyang Joint Declaration, all of which are agreements to establish new DPRK-U.S. relations and build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean peninsula.”
“Although the U.S. and south Korean authorities are playing all sorts of tricks to justify the joint military exercise, its aggressive nature can neither be covered up nor whitewashed in any manner,” the statement said.
The first joint military exercise “Focus Lens” was conducted in south Korea in 1954, the year after the conclusion of the Armistice Agreement. All the U.S.-south Korea joint military exercises which have been annually conducted during the past 65 years since then were unexceptionally aggressive war exercises simulating the surprise and preemptive attack on the DPRK.
What is more serious is that the U.S. increases hostile military tension against us by deploying a large amount of latest offensive military equipment in south Korea, in disregard of its commitment to suspend joint military exercises made at summit level on such occasions as the Singapore DPRK-U.S. summit and the Panmunjom DPRK-U.S. summit.
Even after the Singapore DPRK-U.S. summit, the U.S. and south Korean authorities continuously staged all kinds of aggressive war exercises targeting us, such as Marine Corps Joint Exercise, “Alliance 19-1”, Joint Aerial Drill, “Proliferation Security Initiative”, and the U.S. did not hesitate to conduct the missile interception test simulating an interception of our ICBMs and the test-fire of ICBM “Minuteman-3” and SLBM “Trident 2 D-5.”
The U.S. also made clear, in “its nuclear deterrence policy report,” its policy position to oppose the ban on nuclear first use against our country and it dared to expose the repugnance towards us by branding our country as a “rogue state” and a “proliferator” of nuclear technology, chemical weapons and ballistic missiles.
Recently, “F-35A” stealth fighters were brought into south Korea and the U.S. nuclear strategic submarine “Oklahoma City” came into port of Pusan. In the meantime, the U.S. is pushing forward the move to introduce even high-altitude reconnaissance drone “Global Hawk” into south Korea. All these put us on our guard.