Newspaper: Maneuvers Of America And South Korea Violation Of The Agreement With The North
By Reuters one hour ago
BEIJING (Reuters) - The resumption of limited military exercises between South Korea and the United States violates a recently signed agreement aimed at reducing tensions on the Korean peninsula, state media said on Monday.
About 500 US and South Korean marines began military exercises last week in joint exercises that were suspended indefinitely in June, where Seoul and Washington focused on outreach to North Korea.
Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of North Korea's ruling party, said the Korean maritime exchange program violated a North-South agreement signed on Sept. 19 and called for a halt to "all hostile actions."
The two-week joint exercises "are directly contrary to the inter-Korean military agreement, which promised to eliminate the threat of war and hostile relations on the Korean Peninsula," she said.
A South Korean Defense Ministry spokesman on Monday rejected the criticism, saying the exercise was defensive and included small units less than a battalion.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump pledged to work for nuclear disarmament at their landmark summit in June, where Trump promised to end joint military exercises between his country and South Korea.
But the agreement did not elaborate, and the negotiations made little progress.
Last week North Korea canceled a scheduled meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in New York "because they were not ready," US Ambassador to the United Nations Nicky Healy said on Friday.