North Korea media grade South's Moon a 'fail'

North Korea media grade South's Moon a 'fail'

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"The joint exercise is the most explicit expression of hostility against us, and no one can guarantee that the exercise won't evolve into actual fighting", an editorial carried by the North's official Rodong Sinmun newspaper read.

North Korean news agency KCNA has since reported that Australia's allegiance to the USA and its decision to take part in a military drill in South Korea was a "suicidal act".

At a briefing Thursday to mark his 100th day in office, Moon insisted there will be no second Korean war but urged the North to stop further nuclear and missile tests, warning Pyongyang to end its "dangerous gamble".

US and South Korean troops kicked off their annual drills Monday that come after President Donald Trump and North Korea exchanged warlike rhetoric in the wake of the North's two intercontinental ballistic missile tests last month.

The allies have said the drills are defensive in nature.

"If only a single shot falls into the surrounding territorial waters by breaking through the air defense system of Guam, the illusion of US which is called as the sole superpower will be laid bare to the whole world", the caption says.

But Moon said Seoul effectively had a veto on military action by the U.S., its security ally and protector.

North Korea leader Kim Jong Un.North Korea has not been afraid to show off its military power.

The North Korean leader "said that the U.S. imperialists put their own necks into the noose through their reckless military confrontation racket, adding that he would watch a little longer the conduct of the foolish and stupid Yankees", the ambassador told Guterres.

The drills involving tens of thousands of USA and South Korean troops are due to begin on Monday. The exercise involves 17,500 American troops and 50,000 South Korean soldiers, according to the USA military command in South Korea and Seoul's Defense Ministry.

North Korea has threatened to test-fire missiles that would fly over Japan and land in waters off the US territory of Guam.

NORTH KOREA has warned Australia it has committed a "suicidal act" by pledging its allegiance to the United States and sending defence force members to join military exercises with American and South Korean forces.

The United States and South Korea also hold larger war games in the spring, called Key Resolve and Foal Eagle, which involve live-fire exercises and training with tanks, aircraft and warships.

Speaking in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said North and South Korea and the United States all needed to make more effort to ease tension.

As John F. Kennedy's Secretary of State Dean Rusk is reported to have remarked at a tense moment in the Cuban missile crisis, "We're eyeball to eyeball, and I think the other fellow just blinked".

A confidential United Nations report, seen by Reuters on Monday, found North Korea evaded U.N. sanctions by "deliberately using indirect channels" to export banned commodities and had generated $270 million between October 2016 and May 2017.

Tensions have soared on the peninsula in recent months, with Pyongyang carrying out its first successful tests of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), bringing much of the USA within range.

During the nationally broadcast event, he said US President Donald Trump had assured South Korea he would consult with them before making any military decisions on North Korea.

The Ulchi Freedom Guardian drills, which will run through August 31, will be the first large-scale military exercise between the allies since North Korea successfully flight-tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles in July and threatened to bracket Guam with intermediate range ballistic missile fire earlier this month.

Banks of monitors and computer graphics create simulated battlefields, complete with troop movements, according to Park Yong Han, a military expert formerly with the state-run Korea Institute for Defence Analysis.

Around 17,500 U.S. troops will participate in this year's drills - a cutback from last year - according to numbers provided by Seoul's defence ministry.

The North later said it was holding off firing towards Guam, while it waited to see what the United States would do next.

"The South Korean authorities are not qualified to intervene".



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