The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Monday again warned against resumption of U.S.-South Korean joint military drills after the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, saying it would spoil the atmosphere of reconciliation in the Korean peninsula.
The official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said in a commentary that U.S. charge d’affaires in Seoul has recently hinted that the joint military exercises would be conducted as usual after the Winter Olympics and the issue of postponing the military exercises further has not yet been discussed.
Resuming the war exercises “is a provocative act of chilling the active efforts of the DPRK and enthusiasm of the international community to defuse tension and create a peaceful environment,” said KCNA.
The commentary said whenever the joint military exercises were held, the peace and security on the Korean peninsula were seriously threatened and hard-won atmosphere for reconciliation and cooperation between the north and the south were spoilt in a moment.
The comments came after acting Chargé d’Affaires Marc Knapper suggested the drills could resume as soon as the Olympics wrap up on Feb. 25, adding the issue of suspending future war games on the peninsula has not been considered by the Trump White House, Chinese media outlet Xinhua News reported.
It’s been over two months since more than 200 U.S. and South Korean warplanes took to the skies above the Korean peninsula on Monday, in one of the largest military drills between the two allies in recent history and a massive show of force against the North Korean regime.
The annual exercise, dubbed Vigilant Ace, comes less than a week after Pyongyang carried out a successful test launch of its newest intercontinental ballistic missile. The test launch of the new Hwasong-15 weapon traveled longer and further than any North Korean intercontinental missile to date.