NK lashes out over war games

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NORTH Korea has com­plained to the United Na­tions about joint mil­i­tary ex­er­cises by the United States and South Korea, de­scrib­ing it as “the worst ever sit­u­a­tion” be­cause US nu­clear war equip­ment had been de­ployed ready to strike.

In a let­ter to UN Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral An­to­nio Guter­res, North Korean UN Am­bas­sador Ja Song Nam said the US was “run­ning amok for war ex­er­cises by in­tro­duc­ing nu­clear war equip­ment in and around the Korean Peninsula”.

Three US air­craft car­rier strike groups have been in­volved in the joint ex­er­cise in the West­ern Pa­cific in a rare show of force as Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump vis­its Asia.

The last time three US car­rier strike groups ex­er­cised to­gether in the West­ern Pa­cific was in 2007.

South Korea has said this week’s joint drill was in re­sponse to North Korean nu­clear and mis­sile provo­ca­tions and to show any such de­vel­op­ments by Py­ongyang can be re­pelled with “over­whelm­ing force”.

How­ever, Mr Ja said Wash­ing­ton was to blame for es­ca­lat­ing ten­sions and ac­cused the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil of ig­nor­ing “the nu­clear war ex­er­cises of the United States who is hell bent on bring­ing cat­a­strophic dis­as­ter to hu­man­ity”.

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