In a report titled, “Where is the end of the ceaseless war provocation maneuvers?”, the state-run Korean Central News Agency said, “What the hell is a ‘firepower training’ and what is a ‘destruction drill’ against a nuclear-weapon state? Is it?” he asked.
He added, “We cannot help but be more strict about the fact that they are trying to sound gunfire after frenziedly opening such dangerous war exercises for 20 days or even in an area just a few kilometers from our frontline.” “We are monitoring every detail of the military movements of hostile forces that are severely destroying and threatening the safe environment in the region.”He threatened, “The frantic nuclear war riots of the United States and puppet belligerents are bound to bring about a corresponding response.”
“It is the legitimate right of a sovereign state to have more powerful means of self-defence in response to the serious situation and prospective threats that have been created,” the KCNA said.
In addition, it criticized the US-ROK joint training such as the Freedom Shield and Ssangryong exercise conducted in March and April, the deployment of US strategic assets, and the US-Korea ‘Washington Declaration’.
This can be interpreted as an attempt to lay the blame for the unstable situation on the Korean Peninsula on South Korea and the U.S. and build up a justification for additional provocations.
In celebration of the 70th anniversary of the ROK-US alliance and the 75th anniversary of the founding of the armed forces, South Korea and the United States will conduct the largest-ever combined and joint firepower destruction exercise from the 25th of this month to the 15th of next month.
This training is a firepower demonstration exercise in which the ROK-US and land, sea and air forces demonstrate their ability to retaliate and destroy enemy provocations by mobilizing the latest weapons.
It is known that AH-64 Apache attack helicopters and F-35A stealth fighters from both countries, K-2 tanks, K-21 armored vehicles, multiple launch rocket launchers (MLRS) such as Cheonmu, and M-2 Bradley-type armored vehicles from the USFK will participate.
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