North Korea has reacted to the joint military exercises between the United States and South Korea, saying the US is “inciting military tension”.
Ju Yong Chol, a North Korean diplomat in Geneva, told the U.N.-sponsored Conference on Disarmament that Pyongyang would have to take measures to defend itself.
“Although U.S. and South Korean authorities are playing every trick to justify this military exercise, they can neither conceal nor whitewash its aggressive nature in any manner,” Ju told the forum.
“What is more serious is that the United States is inciting military tension hostile to the DPRK by deploying a large amount of latest offensive military hardware in South Korea in disregard of its commitment to suspend joint military exercises made at summit level.”
U.S. disarmament ambassador Robert Wood, however, rejected the allegations noting that United States was committed to denuclearization of North Korea, as agreed by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump at their first summit meeting last year in Singapore.