Pyongyang, August 21 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the Institute for American Studies of the DPRK Foreign Ministry in a statement on Friday exposed the aggressive nature and danger of the large-scale joint military exercises staged by the U.S. and south Korean puppet forces several times every year.
Army of any country stages drills but they vary in their nature in
the light of their purpose, scenario, place, scale, operation mode and
equipment involved, the statement said, and went on:
The DPRK has never taken a serious note of the military drills
staged by the U.S. in its mainland or Pacific, the places which do not
pose any threat to the DPRK.
But the U.S.-south Korea joint military exercises are different from those drills.
They pose particularly serious danger unlike ordinary military
drills as they are large-scale rehearsals for a war of aggression being
staged by the U.S., the biggest nuclear power in the world, in areas
close to the DPRK.
5 000 troops of 11 countries are involved in the "quick reaction 15"
joint military drill of NATO, the largest-ever since the Cold War,
which is now under way in Europe. But at least 30 000 U.S. troops and
more than 50 000 puppet troops of south Korea are now involved in the
Ulji Freedom Guardian joint military exercises. This clearly proves
their dangerous nature.
This is clear from the fact that the war drills are focused on
landing operations and commando operations aimed at making a surprise
attack on the DPRK and "occupying Pyongyang." The distance of the
targets set by the U.S. from theatres of drills clearly proves that the
U.S. seeks to bring down the DPRK after throwing away the signboard
called "defensive drill" in a moment when an opportunity presents
The danger of war exercises will never decrease when they bring a
"visiting group" to such terror-ridden theatre of war rehearsals.
It is nonsensical for the U.S. to compare the aggressive and
provocative joint war exercises it stages together with the south Korean
puppet forces with huge armed forces including preemptive nuclear
strike means involved in areas very close to the DPRK, its belligerent
party, with the Korean People's Army's independent military drill
conducted in its land.
The U.S. assertion that it cannot stop the joint war exercises as it
has staged them for more than 40 years can convince no one.
The U.S. had halted Team Spirit joint military exercises according
to the DPRK-U.S. agreed framework in 1992, the north-south agreement on
non-aggression and a joint declaration on denuclearization were adopted
and took effect on the Korean Peninsula that year and the safeguards
accord was signed between the DPRK and the International Atomic Energy
Agency, making noticeable progress in ensuring peace.
It is self-contradictory for the U.S. to insist it cannot stop the
military exercises as they have long been staged, while ignoring such
The DPRK government is more strongly opposed to the joint military
exercises now because their aggressive nature has gone beyond tolerance
In those days when the joint military exercises were staged at the
end of the 1960s the U.S. claimed that their purpose was to conduct
drills for hurling its troops in contingency on the Korean Peninsula.
Such drills have turned into very provocative and aggressive war
maneuvers aimed to "remove the headquarters of the DPRK" and "occupy
Pyongyang" after the lapse of more than four decades.
The U.S. brought to light its ever more undisguised hostile intent
to bring down the social system of the DPRK over the "human rights"
issue recently and even its president unhesitatingly talked about the
"collapse of the social system." Such reality makes the DPRK further
raise vigilance against the aggressive and dangerous nature of the joint
military drills and hardens its will not to allow such war drills any
The situation in the area along the Military Demarcation Line has
now reached the brink of war due to the military provocations of the
south Korean puppet forces. This is a natural product of the hostile
policy pursued by the U.S. to fan up the confrontation hysteria of the
puppet forces through dangerous war maneuvers.
To halt the joint military maneuvers, the most vivid manifestation
of the hostile policy towards the DPRK, or not will be a touchstone
judging whether the U.S. is going to seek a peaceful solution of the
Korean issue or not. -0-