Py­ongyang warns Seoul of new cold war

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The Demo­cratic Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of Korea (DPRK) warned Thurs­day that “dan­ger­ous and un­usual mil­i­tary moves” by South Korea and the US would trig­ger a new cold war on the Korean Penin­sula.

In a state­ment re­leased by of­fi­cial Korean Cen­tral News Agency, a spokesper­son from the For­eign Min­istry said South Korea was in­tro­duc­ing “F-35A” stealth fight­ers – “a cut­tingedge lethal equip­ment” – from the US af­ter the just ended joint mil­i­tary ex­er­cises. The act “is a grave provo­ca­tion that has openly de­nied the joint dec­la­ra­tions and the mil­i­tary agree­ment” be­tween the two sides on the Korean Penin­sula, he said.

The spokesper­son said that the hos­tile mil­i­tary moves, in­clud­ing the Us-south Korea joint mil­i­tary ex­er­cises and the build-up of armed forces in South Korea, are re­duc­ing the dy­nam­ics of di­a­logue for build­ing a last­ing and durable peace on the Korean Penin­sula, and com­pel the DPRK to “weigh a re­al­is­tic way of turn­ing our at­ten­tion more to strength­en­ing the phys­i­cal de­ter­rence.”

The DPRK fired two uniden­ti­fied pro­jec­tiles into the sea off its east coast on Au­gust 16, the sixth round of launches in re­cent weeks, shortly af­ter it de­nounced the Us-south Korea mil­i­tary drills and de­clared that in­ter-korean talks were over.

De­nu­cle­ariza­tion talks be­tween the DPRK and the US have been stalled, de­spite a com­mit­ment made to re­vive them at a meet­ing on June 30 be­tween DPRK top leader Kim Jong-un and US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump along the bor­der sep­a­rat­ing the two Koreas. Xinhua

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