Pyongyang, August 8 (KCNA) -- The U.S. and the south Korean puppet regime are planning to stage again Ulji Freedom Guardian joint military drills from August 17.
The authorities of the U.S. Department of Defense and Department of
State and the south Korean puppet Ministry of Defense are now busy
officially terming the drills "transparent and defensive", "regular and
open" ones in an effort to play down their criminal nature.
However, they can never conceal the aggressive and reactionary
nature of the drills as typical saber-rattling for making a preemptive
nuclear strike at the DPRK and a test nuclear war.
The war rehearsal is a reckless military provocation of war servants
to ignite a nuclear war any time by pushing the situation on the Korean
peninsula to an extreme pitch of tension.
As clear to everybody, the war maniacs of the U.S. and south Korea,
whenever staging Ulji Freedom Guardian, deployed many ultra-modern
nuclear attack means in south Korea and its vicinity to stage
provocative drills under the simulated conditions of a preemptive attack
and all-out war against the DPRK.
Involved in the joint war drills were not only nuclear strike means
and other latest war hardware but almost every commanding post of the
U.S. units to be hurled into the war actions in contingency in Korea and
commanding posts of above regiment level of the south Korean puppet
ground, naval and air forces, central and local administrative organs in
south Korea and even munitions and civilian enterprises. Consequently,
the sky, land and seas of south Korea turned into theaters of
This year's Ulji Freedom Guardian is chiefly aimed to help the U.S.
forces and the south Korean puppet troops get familiar with procedures
of a nuclear war against the DPRK.
The U.S. and the puppet forces announced that the projected
saber-rattling would involve rehearsals for applying the details of the
"tailored deterrent strategy", a scenario for a preemptive nuclear
strike at the DPRK, to an actual war.
The "strategy" is designed to make a preemptive nuclear strike at
the DPRK in case a "sign of use of nukes by the north" is detected.
As the plan for applying the above-said strategy to an actual war
will get pronounced in the projected saber-rattling, it will put peace
and security on the Korean peninsula and in other parts of Northeast
Asia at greater peril.
The DPRK urged the U.S. and the south Korean authorities more than
once to stop their joint military drills and opt for bringing about
detente and creating a peaceful environment on the peninsula in order to
make a decisive turn in the north-south relations this year that marks
the 70th anniversary of Korea's liberation.
But they have challenged the DPRK's offers by staging mad-cap joint
military drills, talking about non-existent "threat from the north."
For instance, they are going to stage a war drill to stifle the DPRK
by force of arms through their Red Flag joint air drills in Alaska from
Aug. 10 to 21.
This being a stark reality, the U.S. is working hard to mislead the
public opinion by giving impression that the dialogue has not yet opened
due to the DPRK in a bid to shift the blame for the abortive dialogue
concerning the nuclear issue on the Korean peninsula on to the DPRK.
As recognized by everybody, it is attributable to the U.S. hostile
policy toward the DPRK, notably, joint military drills for aggression
that only tension is escalating on the peninsula in the absence of
The U.S. is wholly to blame for this tension.
With no rhetoric can it evade its responsibility for having harassed
peace and stability on the peninsula and in other parts of the region
through its ceaseless joint military drills.
Ulji Freedom Guardian will entail tough military counteraction of
the army of the DPRK to firmly defend the dignity of the nation and
sovereignty of the country. -0-