North Korea slams US, S. Korea military drill
SEOUL (AFP) - North Korea on Monday hit out at the United States (US) and South Korea over their planned joint military drill this month which it said was "an all-out war rehearsal" that could ignite conflict on the Korean Peninsula.
The allies will hold Ulchi Freedom Guardian, which is largely a computer-simulated exercise, on Aug 20-31 to improve their combat-readiness amid high cross-border tensions.
The US and South Korea "are going to stage again Ulchi Freedom Guardian joint military exercises for invading the DPRK from Aug 20 to 31 at a time when they are becoming evermore undisguised in their hostile policy and confrontation racket against it," the North's Korean Central News Agency said.
The allies describe their annual exercises as defensive and routine but the North habitually terms them a rehearsal for invasion and launches its own counter-exercises.