North Korea warns of ‘dear price’ for U.S.-South Korea joint military exercise

SpaceWar.com reports: “North Korea warned Tuesday that the United States and South Korea will be ‘made to pay a dear price’ for holding their annual Freedom Shield large-scale joint military exercise.

An unnamed spokesperson for the North’s Ministry of National Defense condemned the ‘provocative’ 11-day exercise, which kicked off on Monday with ramped-up field training drills and a focus on countering threats from the nuclear-armed North.

The ministry ‘strongly denounces the reckless military drills of the U.S. and [South Korea] for getting more undisguised in their military threat to a sovereign state and attempt for invading it,’ the statement, carried in state-run Korean Central News Agency, said.

The North Korean military will ‘continue to watch the adventurist acts of the enemies and conduct responsible military activities to strongly control the unstable security environment on the Korean peninsula,’ the spokesperson said.

North Korea regularly condemns the allies’ joint exercises as rehearsals for an invasion and has used the drills in the past as a pretext for its own missile tests. Freedom Shield is the first joint exercise since the North scrapped a 2018 inter-Korean military accord meant to reduce tensions along the border, raising additional concerns over a provocative response from Pyongyang…”

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