The DPRK stated that the United States and South Korea do not avoid “merciless retaliation”
This statement was made at the headquarters of the Korean people’s army in connection with the beginning of joint command-staff exercises of South Korea and the United States.
TOKYO, August 22. /TASS/. The United States and South Korea will not be able to avoid “merciless retaliation and punishment”. With such statement on Tuesday made the headquarters of the Korean people’s army Panmunjom border crossing.
“They can not escape the ruthless retribution and punishment”, — quotes Agency Kyodo the statement made on the occasion of the joint command and staff exercises of the South Korea-US Ulchi — Freedom Guardian.
Joint command-staff exercises of South Korea and the United States began on Monday. According to the President of South Korea, moon Jae-In, they are defensive in nature and not aimed at the escalation of tensions on the Korean Peninsula. The exact number of troops participating in the exercises is unknown. The Ministry of national defense of South Korea said that on his part brought about as much military as in the past year, about 50 thousand people. From the United States in the exercise was attended by 17,5 thousand soldiers, some 7.5 thousand less than the year before.
In the DPRK believe Ulchi — Freedom Guardian hostile actions that aggravate tensions on the Korean Peninsula. On Sunday, the Central North Korean newspaper Nodong Sinmun wrote that the exercises “pour oil on the fire” and exacerbate the situation.