NKorea Warns US To Halt Military Drills In SKorea


Salon Staff
March 3, 2012 3:45PM (UTC)

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — A senior North Korean military official is warning Washington that joint U.S.-South Korean war games threaten peace and stability on the Korean peninsula.

A spokesman for the National Defense Commission urged the U.S. during a news conference in Pyongyang on Saturday to halt the ongoing military drills.

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South Korea and the U.S. say the war games taking place in the South are routine exercises. But Pyongyang sees the drills as a major affront coming two months after the death of leader Kim Jong Il.

On Friday, the Supreme Command of North Korea's military threatened to wage a "merciless sacred war" against South Korea. The threats come just days after the U.S. and North Korea announced a deal to freeze nuclear activities in exchange for food aid.


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