North Korea: US can not dodge 'merciless strike'

Ulchi Freedom Guardian
Things are about to get more tense on the Korean Peninsula. Ahn Young-joon AP

22 August, 2017

"Not long after the Australian Prime Minister had stated that they would join in the aggressive moves of the United States - even referring to Anzus which exists in name only - the Australian military announced that they would dispatch their troops to the aggressive nuclear exercises of the U.S.", said an unnamed spokesman from North Korea's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Harry Harris arrived in South Korea to observe the bilateral military exercises set to kick off on Monday, the Yonhap news agency reported Sunday.

North Korea, however, has long viewed the exercises as rehearsals for invasion. The media in the Communist state yesterday described the teachings as "reckless" action, which could lead to a nuclear war. During last year's exercises, North Korea launched a ballistic missile from a submarine and put its military on the highest alert. "If the USA engages in drills simulating an invasion of North Korea, it is not considered a provocation, but if North Korea reacts with missile tests and verbal attacks, it is deemed a threat to the whole world", Cho told DW. "We can do these things quietly without suggesting you're reducing our opposition to North Korea's nuclear program".

Earlier this month, President Donald Trump pledged to answer North Korean aggression with "fire and fury".

The annual maneuvers, called Ulchi Freedom Guardian, are "the most explicit expression of hostilities against us", proclaimed the Rodong Sinmun - the newspaper of the Workers' Party - urging Washington to exercise restraint and to not deploy nuclear aircraft carriers and strategic bombers to the Korean Peninsula.

"The drill will definitely provoke Pyongyang more, and Pyongyang is expected to make a more radical response", it said in an editorial.

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The Ulchi Freedom Guardian drills that began on Monday are largely computer-simulated war games and will run until August 31. "North Korea should not use this as a pretext for provocation".

Kim would "watch a little more the foolish and stupid conduct of the Yankees", a North Korean statement said last week. However, the US and South Korea maintain they are purely defensive.

The joint US-South Korean drills last until Aug 31 and involve computer simulations created to prepare for war with a nuclear-capable North Korea, reported Reuters.

"The dual freeze approach is China's attempt at buck passing and moral equivalency between USA actions and North Korean actions", Hass said.

North Korea has warned Australia that its support of the United States amounts to a "suicidal act", and has threatened "the counter-measures of justice" should it continue engaging in war games.

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