Pyongyang, April 30 (KCNA) -- Key Resolve and Foal Eagle 16 joint military drills staged by the U.S. and the south Korean puppet forces against the DPRK for 50 odd days were the worst-ever military provocations that pushed the situation on the Korean peninsula to the brink of a nuclear war, said a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the DPRK in a statement on Saturday.
The statement went on:
The war rehearsals were the largest-ever maneuvers hostile to the
DPRK as it was manifested in the drills that the U.S. scenario and moves
to physically eliminate the DPRK reached an extremely dangerous phase.
It is tantamount to an open declaration of war against the DPRK that
the U.S., kicking off the drills, undisguisedly revealed its attempt to
mount a preemptive attack on the DPRK after discarding even the
spurious mask of "defensive drills."
We didn't overlook it but countered it with measures for self-defence in a just manner.
It is the pivot of the DPRK's counteractions for self-defence to
counter the enemy's nuclear threat with its own nuclear weapons.
It is the legitimate right of a sovereign state specified also in
the UN Charter for the DPRK to react to the enemy's declaration of war
and threat with its own steps for self-defence, and even the UN Security
Council is not entitled to infringe upon the right.
By opting for undisguised military hostile acts and threats to the
DPRK, the U.S. intentionally and completely reneged on the promise
specified in the September 19 joint statement as its keynote that it
would respect the sovereignty of the DPRK and co-exist with it
peacefully and has no intent to attack or invade it with nuclear or
So, the statement was finally scrapped.
The U.S. no longer has legal foundation or moral justification to
urge the DPRK to "be true to its commitments" and the like.
The DPRK will as ever remain unchanged in its stand of countering
any war of aggression to be provoked by the enemy with its just war and
react to the threat of a nuclear war posed by them with its bolstered
Whenever the enemy stage war drills, the nuclear attack capability of the DPRK will be bolstered up remarkably. -0