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N. Korean propaganda outlet denounces allies' military drills

All Headlines 16:51 May 05, 2019

SEOUL, May 5 (Yonhap) -- A North Korean propaganda outlet on Sunday slammed South Korea and the United States over their joint exercises, one day after the North launched tactical guided weapons and other projectiles into the East Sea.

Uriminzokkiri, one of the North's propaganda websites, said in an article that Seoul and Washington are "destroying the peace and stability" on the Korean Peninsula by flying spy planes and carrying out drills with a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery.

U.S. Forces Korea conducted weeklong exercises involving the THAAD system in Pyeongtaek, 70 kilometers south of Seoul, and flew a spy plane over areas around Seoul following the North's test-firing of a newly developed tactical guided weapon last month.

"The U.S. and South Korea's warmongers are continuing to carry out hostile military activities against us under all sorts of pretexts," the article said, calling them an "act of betrayal."

The remarks were made one day after North Korea fired multiple projectiles from its east coast town of Wonsan into the East Sea in an apparent sign of frustration over the deadlock in its negotiations with the U.S.

The denuclearization talks between Washington and Pyongyang hit a wall after the summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un collapsed without a deal in Hanoi.

A launcher of an advanced U.S. missile defense system called THAAD is seen in this photo captured from the Facebook account of the 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade of the U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) on April 24, 2019. (Yonhap)


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