N Korea warns of ‘serious security crisis’ over US-S Korea drills

Pyongyang says Seoul is risking a safety disaster by selecting to go forward with joint army drills with the US.

North Korea has threatened to answer US-South Korean army workouts it claims are an invasion rehearsal, saying Seoul was risking a “serious security crisis” after lacking its alternative to enhance inter-Korean ties.

The assertion from senior politician Kim Yong Chol got here on Wednesday, a day after the United States and South Korean militaries started their preliminary coaching within the run-up to subsequent week’s annual workouts. Kim Yo Jong, the highly effective sister of North Korean chief Kim Jong Un, has additionally demanded Washington withdraw its forces from the peninsula.

Kim Yong Chol stated South Korea have to be made to “clearly understand how dearly they have to pay” for selecting their alliance with Washington over peace between the Koreas.

The South had answered the North’s “good faith with hostile acts”, he stated, after “letting go the opportunity for improved inter-Korean relations”.

“We will make them realise by the minute what a dangerous choice they made and what a serious security crisis they will face because of their wrong choice,” he added.

Kim Yong Chol is a senior official within the ruling Workers’ Party and acted as Kim Jong Un’s envoy forward of a summit in Hanoi in 2019, assembly then United States President Donald Trump in Washington.

The Kim-Trump summit collapsed over sanctions reduction and what the nuclear-armed North could be keen to surrender in return, and talks have since been largely at a standstill.

But in a shock conciliatory gesture final month, Seoul and Pyongyang restored cross-border communications that had been severed greater than a 12 months in the past, asserting their leaders had agreed to work on enhancing ties. The new flare-up, nonetheless, casts doubt on South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s objective of enhancing relations with Pyongyang within the final 12 months of his presidency. It additionally raises the prospect of latest North Korea missile exams, one thing Pyongyang has usually carried out up to now to sign its displeasure.

Adding to the issues, the South Korean authorities stated on Wednesday that North Korea has did not reply routine calls on the hotline for a second day in a row.

The South additionally known as on Pyongyang to reply its presents for dialogue and stated “raising military tensions on the Korean Peninsula wouldn’t help anyone”.

The US in the meantime pressured that its drills with South Korea had been “purely defensive in nature”.

“As we have long maintained, the United States harbours no hostile intent toward the DPRK,” US State Department spokesperson Ned Price stated on Tuesday, utilizing the initials of the nation’s formal identify, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

“We support inter-Korean dialogue, we support inter-Korean engagement and will continue to work with our (South Korean) partners toward that end.”

Analysts stated Pyongyang could also be utilizing sharp rhetoric to spice up its leverage in future talks, wring concessions from South Korea, or distract from home financial crises.

“North Korea’s amped up rhetoric against scaled down US-South Korea defense exercises appears to be more about domestic politics than signaling to Washington,” Leif-Eric Easley, a professor at Ewha University in Seoul, stated in an e-mail to reporters. “The Kim regime is shifting blame for its struggles to restart the financial system after a protracted, self-imposed pandemic lockdown.

“Pyongyang is also trying to pressure South Korean presidential candidates to express differences with US policy on sanctions and denuclearisation.”


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