North Korea hits out at South-US army drill
SEOUL (AFP) - North Korea's top military body lashed out on Thursday at an ongoing South Korea-US army drill, warning that it could compromise a recent easing of military tensions on the Korean peninsula.
The criticism from the North's National Defence Commission marked the first high-level rebuke of the 10-day Ulchi Freedom Guardian joint exercise, which ends on Friday.
Pyongyang's unusual silence over an annual drill that it habitually condemns as a war rehearsal had been attributed to ongoing North-South talks on a number of cross-border projects.
Thursday's statement was forthright but lacked the bellicose rhetoric of similar denunciations issued during the heightened tensions of March and April.