News ID: 239956
Published: 1229 GMT March 08, 2019

North Korea condemns US-South Korea military drill

North Korea condemns US-South Korea military drill

North Korea decried a scaled-back military drill between the US and South Korea Thursday, calling it a “violent violation.”

The condemnation was issued through North Korea’s state-run media service just a week after President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un failed to reach an agreement over the latter’s nuclear program, reported.

Following the collapse of the summit, the US announced it would cancel two large-scale military drills, a move largely seen as an olive branch to North Korea. The US instead scheduled a training drill called “Dong Maeng,” meaning “alliance,” which began Monday and is expected to run through March 12.

But despite the cancelation of the much larger military drills, North Korea is still unhappy with US-South Korean coordination.

“It is a violent violation of the joint declarations and statements that North Korea reached with the US and South Korea,” North Korean media said Thursday. "This also represents a frontal challenge to the aim and desires of all [Korean] people and the international community for peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula.”


In this March 12, 2016 photo, US Marines, left, and South Korean marines wearing blue headbands, take positions after landing on a beach during a joint military combined amphibious exercise, part of the Key Resolve and Foal Eagle military exercises, in Pohang, South Korea.



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