Pyongyang, August 22 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the DPRK Foreign Ministry made public the following statement Monday:
The U.S. is again bringing the grave danger of a nuclear war to the Korean peninsula.
On August 22 it started Ulji Freedom Guardian joint military drill
targeting the DPRK with many forces deployed in south Korean, Japanese
and other overseas bases, south Korean puppet forces and huge war means
The large-scale joint military drill for aggression being staged by
the U.S. in collusion with the south Korean puppet forces despite
repeated warnings of the DPRK is a grave military provocation aimed to
launch a preemptive nuclear attack on the DPRK from A to Z and a
challenge to regional peace and stability.
The military drill is an unpardonable criminal act of pushing the
situation on the Korean peninsula to the brink of a war as the situation
there has become unprecedentedly instable due to the U.S. introduction
of nuclear strategic bombers, THAAD and other strategic assets into the
peninsula and its vicinity.
The U.S. is creating an evil cycle of tensions while ceaselessly
staging offensive joint military exercises for aggression and bolstering
up armed forces. Lurking behind this is a scenario to create again the
same most extreme situation as that in August last year at any cost and
thus introduce more strategic assets into south Korea under this
pretext, justify the formation of the U.S.-Japan-south Korea triangular
military alliance and maintain military hegemony in this region.
Detente, peace and security on the Korean peninsula and in the
region would not be unthinkable unless the U.S.-south Korea joint
military exercises for aggression are totally halted.
We have chosen the way of building nuclear force to protect our
state and social system from the U.S. constant nuclear threat and taken
hold on the strategic line for bolstering up nuclear force.
It is the consistent stand of the DPRK government to fundamentally
terminate the danger of a nuclear war posed by the U.S. by dint of the
powerful nuclear deterrence and defend the regional and global peace.
The U.S. hostile policy toward the DPRK and nuclear threats
including ceaseless war exercises for aggression are bound to meet the
resolute and merciless counteraction by the army and people of the DPRK.