North Korea has warned South Korea and the United States that they will face “unprecedented” security challenges if they do not halt joint military drills.
Ahead of South Korea and the United States’ upcoming summer training, North Korean officials called the drills “hostile military pressure campaigns” and warned that the two countries would face security challenges.
“If the United States and its allies choose military confrontation with us, they will face unprecedented instability in terms of security,” Choe Jin, deputy director general of the Institute for Disarmament and Peace under the North Korean Foreign Ministry, told the Associated Press.
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“The drills have brought the Korean Peninsula to the brink of war”
Choe said the two countries’ joint military exercises this year have brought the Korean Peninsula to the brink of war.
Choe accused US and South Korean officials of conspiring to discuss the deployment of US nuclear strategic assets during the joint military exercises starting next month, saying, “The US should remember that when it threatens us with nuclear weapons, it will be treated the same way.”
Noting that North Korea’s missile tests are legitimate exercises needed to defend the country, Choe described the recent US and South Korean missile tests as “double standards”.
US and South Korean officials did not disclose details of the summer drills.
But South Korean officials said the drills will include the current simulated computer exercises as well as field training for the first time since 2018.
North Korea reacted to the 3-way summit at the NATO Summit
North Korea reacted to the military cooperation of the United States, South Korea and Japan at the 32nd NATO Summit in Madrid on July 3.
In a statement made by the North Korean Foreign Ministry, the military cooperation discussed by South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol, Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio and US President Joe Biden at the 3-way summit held at the 32nd NATO Summit in Madrid was strongly condemned.