North Korea Attacks U.S.-South Korean Military Exercises and Makes Wild Threats

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An editorial in North Korea’s official Rodong Sinmun newspaper on August 20 sharply attacked the annual U.S.-South Korean Ulchi Freedom Guardian joint military exercise with South Korea. set to start on August 21. The North Koreans warned that the exercise will be “adding fuel to the fire” of already heightened tensions between Pyongyang and the United States and its allies.

The Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercise involves 50,000 South Korean troops alongside 17,500 U.S. troops this year. The exercise was initiated in 1976 and is conducted annually during August or September. North Korea routinely denounces the exercise held each year, describing it as preparation for war.

The North Korean message in Rodong Sinmun used ominous…

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