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N. Korea denounces S. Korea's scaled-down military exercise

All News 10:31 June 09, 2019

SEOUL, June 9 (Yonhap) -- A North Korean propaganda outlet on Sunday slammed South Korea's recent civilian-military exercise, calling it tantamount to a hostile act against the North.

Following up on its military agreement with Pyongyang last year, Seoul abolished its annual springtime joint military exercises with the U.S. armed forces, the Ulchi Freedom Guardian, to launch the Ulchi Taegeuk exercise this year.

Around 480,000 South Korean civilians, government officials and armed service members joined the inaugural exercise from May 27-30.

"It would be a mistake (for South Korea) to try to cover up its military's precipitancy, which is the very sin threatening the foundation of North-South relations, with deceptive, empty rhetoric or to try to make a virtue of its secondary, showy showmanship, such as (an offer for) talks and humanitarianism," Uriminzokkiri, the propaganda website, said.

"Despite the desperate excuse, the latest military exercise cannot hide its provocative and confrontational nature," the North Korean media said, rejecting Seoul's previous stance that the drill is only for defense purposes.

"It is a provocative military exercise explicitly targeting us as the main enemy," it claimed.

This photo shows a counterterrorism exercise being carried out at the Korea International Exhibition Center in Goyang, Gyeonggi Province, on May 30, 2019, as part of the Ulchi Taegeuk exercise. (Yonhap)


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