N. Korea accuses US of ramping up tensions with joint S. Korea air drills

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North Korea’s overseas ministry accused america of “deliberately” ramping up tensions by flying in joint army drills with South Korea, state information company KCNA stated Tuesday.

The allegation comes after Seoul and Washington introduced on Friday greater than 10 days of large-scale army workout routines from March 13 to 23.

South Korea’s defence ministry additionally posted video on-line Monday they stated confirmed conflict planes from each nations coaching collectively off the coast of the Korean peninsula.

“Regardless of our repeated warnings, the US deliberately continues to worsen the state of affairs,” the overseas ministry stated in a press release dated Monday.

“The latest joint air drill… clearly exhibits that the US scheme to make use of nuclear weapons towards the DPRK is being carried ahead on the degree of an precise conflict,” the assertion added, utilizing an acronym for North Korea’s official identify.

America and South Korea have stated the upcoming deliberate workout routines are defensive, however Pyongyang sees them as a rehearsal for invasion.

“We categorical deep remorse over the irresponsible and worrying muscle-flexing of the US and South Korea, that are always pushing the state of affairs within the Korean peninsula to an unpredictable state,” KCNA quoted the overseas ministry’s assertion as saying.

North Korea┬ácalls for “a right away cease to the army hostile acts of disturbing peace and stability within the Korean peninsula,” the assertion added.

“If the damaging army provocations of the US and South Korea proceed… there isn’t any assure that there can be no violent bodily battle within the Korean peninsula the place enormous armed forces of each side are in acute confrontation.”

State media reported Sunday that North Korea had known as on the United Nations to induce a halt to the drills.

Following a yr wherein Pyongyang declared itself an “irreversible” nuclear energy and fired a record-breaking variety of missiles, Seoul and Washington have moved to ramp up joint workout routines and redeploy US strategic property to the area.