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Pyongyang hits out at S. Korea-US war games

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SEOUL • North Korea has slammed an annual United States-South Korea joint military exercise starting today as “adding fuel to the fire”, amid heightened tensions on the Korean peninsula, reported South Korea’s Yonhap news agency..
SEOUL • North Korea has slammed an annual United States-South Korea joint military exercise starting today as “adding fuel to the fire”, amid heightened tensions on the Korean peninsula, reported South Korea’s Yonhap news agency.
The Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of North Korea’s ruling party, said yesterday in an editorial that the US moves to place the toughest sanctions on it and launch military provocations have made the situation on the peninsula extremely tense.
The Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercise in South Korea starts today and runs until Aug 31.
Analysts say all eyes will be on the annual war games, which could send tensions spiralling back up after an earlier war of words between the US and North Korea looked to have cooled off slightly.
Last month, Pyongyang tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles that appeared to bring much of the US within range, triggering a warning by President Donald Trump that Washington could rain “fire and fury” on the North.
Pyongyang then threatened to fire a salvo of missiles towards the US territory of Guam. Its leader Kim Jong Un last week said the plan was delayed, but added it could go ahead depending on Washington’s move.
The North’s reaction to the military exercise may be key to determining what happens next.

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