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North Korea warns South over upcoming drill with US

Published on Aug 14, 2014 9:03 AM
 
Military personnel march during an event at the plaza of the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun marking the 61st anniversary of the armistice that ended the Korean War taken on July 27, 2014 in this photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on July 28, 2014. North Korea warned South Korea on Thursday that failure to cancel an upcoming military drill with the United States would push the two sides "to the brink of war". -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SEOUL (AFP) - North Korea warned South Korea on Thursday that failure to cancel an upcoming military drill with the United States would push the two sides "to the brink of war".

In a lengthy statement that offered no direct response to Seoul's recent offer of high-level talks, the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea (CPRK), which handles cross-border ties, issued a long list of measures the South should implement if it was "sincere" about improving relations.

The joint military drill scheduled to begin on Monday "should be cancelled unconditionally", the statement said, adding that failure to do so would push the "Korean peninsula to the brink of a war and increase the danger of a nuclear war".

The annual Ulchi-Freedom Guardian exercise is aimed at testing combat readiness for a North Korean invasion. Although largely played out on computers, it involves tens of thousands of South Korean and US troops.

 
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