DPRK official media calls recent US-RoK navy drill prelude to resumption of war games

Saturday, 2018-03-03 10:01:43
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Thousands of RoK and US troops joined a military exercise in Paju, RoK, August, 2016.
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The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) said on March 2 that a recent United States and the Republic of Korea (RoK) military drill was a prelude to the resumption of large-scale war games held by the US in the RoK.

US and RoK troops conducted a military drill on February 27, two days after the closing of the PyeongChang Olympic Games, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) quoted RoK's Yonhap News as saying.

Involved in the drill were UH-60 Black Hawks and other helicopters of the second air brigade under the second division of the US army in RoK and the Dokdo-class amphibious assault ships of the RoK navy, said the KCNA.

The official DPRK news agency said the drill is "a prelude to the resumption of the US-RoK joint military exercises, as it was held when the PyeongChang Winter Olympics were successfully held thanks to the DPRK's sincere efforts and the atmosphere for improved north-south relations was being created."

The DPRK warned that the resumption of US-RoK joint drills could push the situation on the Korean Peninsula back to the brink of war, after an inter-Korean rapprochement has been seen in the first two months of the year.