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N. Korean propaganda outlets slam allies' joint military training

North Korea 09:44 April 02, 2019

SEOUL, April 2 (Yonhap) -- North Korean propaganda outlets on Tuesday lashed out at joint drills between South Korea and the United States, calling them a "military provocation" against Pyongyang that "dash cold water over" the hard-won peace mood on the Korean Peninsula.

In a commentary, Uriminzokkiri, one of the North's propaganda outlets, denounced Washington and Seoul for "clinging to military pressure" on Pyongyang through their air and marine exercises.

The exercises, including the recent dispatch of a U.S. Coast Guard vessel with a mission to help enforce U.N.-led sanctions, are "military provocations" against the North, it said.

USCGC Bertholf (WMSL-750), a Legend-class maritime security cutter, arrived at a military-civilian port on Jeju Island last week for a joint drill with the South Korea's Coast Guard to combat the North's maritime sanctions evasions.

"If the situation on the Korean Peninsula deteriorates, the responsibility will be entirely on those who broke the promise made in front of the world and carried out military provocations," it said.

Meari, another propaganda website, ran a similar article, saying the U.S. and South Korea's "military provocations will never work for" the North.

The Korea Coast Guard vessel Lee Cheong Ho and the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Bertholf sail in waters off Seogwipo on Jeju, South Korea's largest island, on March 28, 2019, as the two sides hold a joint drill on rescue and anti-narcotics inspections on the high seas. (Yonhap)

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