North Korea says it wants UK to pull out of mil­i­tary drills

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

North Korea said yes­ter­day that it wants Bri­tain to pull out of up­com­ing mil­i­tary ex­er­cises in South Korea, call­ing the drills a “hos­tile act.”

Bri­tain has an­nounced that it will send fighter jets and sup­port planes to Asia, and that it will take part in ex­er­cises in South Korea to­gether with South Korean and US forces in early No­vem­ber.

“This is a hos­tile act, openly join­ing the US and South Korean forces in moves for a new war against us,” said North Korean For­eign Min­istry of­fi­cial Pak Yun Sik. “Bri­tain claims that this mil­i­tary ex­er­cise is not tar­get­ing us, but the US and South Korea openly say that these mil­i­tary ex­er­cises are aimed at launch­ing a strike against our mil­i­tary fa­cil­i­ties and our com­mand struc­ture.”

North Korea usu­ally re­sponds to reg­u­lar South Korea-US mil­i­tary drills with weapons tests and fiery war­like rhetoric. It views the drills as an in­va­sion re­hearsal, but Seoul and Wash­ing­ton say the ex­er­cises are de­fen­sive in na­ture.

North Korea has in­creased its op­po­si­tion to mil­i­tary ex­er­cises in South Korea, and has con­ducted more than 20 mis­sile launches and two nu­clear tests this year.

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