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N. Korea slams S. Korea for recent military drill

All News 08:24 May 08, 2020

SEOUL, May 8 (Yonhap) -- North Korea lashed out at South Korea on Friday for conducting military exercises in and above the Yellow Sea, calling it a "total denial" of an inter-Korean military tension reduction agreement.

In a statement carried by the North's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), the spokesperson for the Ministry of the People's Armed Forces denounced the joint Navy-Air Force drills as "the height of the military confrontation."

"The recent joint drill was staged in the air and sea in the biggest hotspot area in the West Sea of Korea in which military conflicts occurred between the North and the South in the past, and it was openly launched, assuming there were a 'strange sign' and 'provocation' from us," the spokesperson said.

The spokesperson said the recent exercises have brought the inter-Korean relationship back to where it was before the reconciliatory summit in 2018.

"What merits more attention is that the South Korean military staged the said military drill while calling us their 'enemy,'" the spokesperson said, warning that the "grave provocation" cannot be overlooked and will be met with "a necessary reaction from us."

South Korea staged a joint military drill in the Yellow Sea on Wednesday with the Navy's 2nd Fleet. Some 20 fighter jets, including the F-15K, KF-16, F-4E and FA-50, took part in the exercise.


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