North Korea returns to denounce joint US-South Korea military maneuvers and returns to do so through the mouth of the influential sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong un. Kim Yo Jong called the drills “an unwelcome act of self-destruction for which a high price will have to be paid”. Quoted by the KCNA news agency, Kim – who had already sent a similar warning in recent days – said that the maneuvers “threaten the safety of our people and further endanger the situation on the Korean peninsula”.
“The dangerous war exercises conducted by the United States and South Korea in contempt of our repeated warnings – he accused – will find an even more serious threat to security in response”, with Pyongyang increasing its capabilities for “a powerful preemptive strike. “.
The eleven-day maneuvers will begin next Monday, but are preceded today by four days of joint crisis management training exercises. 28,500 US troops are deployed in South Korea.