Despite the promise to suspend annual military drills with South Korea in the wake of the 2018 Olympics, the US has been boosting forces near the Korean Peninsula since the beginning of the 2018 year.
The North Korean envoy said that the US is bringing its strategic assets to and around the Korean peninsula “under the pretext of the security of the Olympic games,” and urged the US to completely stop, not just temporarily suspend, its joint military exercises with South Korea “and all other nuclear war drills.”
He added that North Korea’s decision to strengthen nuclear force was “absolutely the right choice.”
Pyongyang has repeatedly voiced concern over numerous joint US-South Korean drills on the Korean Peninsula, calling them a “provocation.”
This year, the annual war games scheduled for February have been suspended at the South Korean request due to the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. However, North Korea has previously called for the complete cancelation.
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