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DPRK FM Spokesman Denounces U.S.-S. Korea Joint War Exercises

Korean Central News Agency of DPRK via Korea News Service (KNS)

    Pyongyang, March 15 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the DPRK gave the following answer to a question put by KCNA Tuesday denouncing the U.S. and the south Korean warlike forces for planning to stage large-scale war exercises, the combination of Foal Eagle and RSOI, across south Korea. As already known, the U.S.-led large scale war exercises are scheduled to be staged in south Korea from Mar. 19 to 25. U.S. elite forces in south Korea, its mainland and abroad and Kitty Hawk and other huge nuclear strike forces are expected to participate in these maneuvers to be staged under the simulated conditions of an "emergency" on the Korean Peninsula.
    The exercises will be nuclear war exercises aimed to invade the north to all intents and purposes in view of their nature, scope and contents.
    It is not secret that the U.S. is spending a huge amount of fund for researches into smaller nukes aimed to destroy underground bunkers of the DPRK and staging mock nuclear bomb dropping drills by introducing into south Korea even aircraft of the U.S. Air Force stationed in Japan, Guam and other places, to say nothing of the U.S. forces in south Korea.
    The situation in the Korean Peninsula and the rest of Northeast Asia is growing tenser as the U.S. is contemplating staging three dimensional nuclear war exercises involving even nuclear strike groups this time.
    We have already clarified our principled stand that we would seek a negotiated peaceful settlement of the nuclear issue between the DPRK and the U.S. and go out for the six-party talks to be resumed after their deadlock if conditions are mature and demanded the U.S. retract its remarks denying the dialogue partner, show its trustworthy sincerity and move.
    Nevertheless, the U.S. responded to this just demand of the DPRK with the large-scale nuclear war drills.
    The projected saber rattling, in the final analysis, clearly proves once again the hypocrisy of the U.S. assertion that it has neither hostility towards the DPRK nor intention to attack or invade it.
    The U.S. double-dealing behavior is an open challenge to the sincere efforts of the parties concerned and the international community as well as the DPRK that sincerely desire the peace and security in the Korean Peninsula.
    It is obvious that there is no change in the real intention and the aggressive nature of the Bush administration keen to bring down the system in the DPRK chosen by its people, strongly opposed to its ideology.
    Through the war exercises the U.S. also seeks to develop the U.S. forces in south Korea into "task forces operating in the wide region" and thus extend anytime their operational scope to the areas around the Korean Peninsula, not confining it to the north.
    All facts go to clearly prove that the U.S. is chiefly to blame for straining the situation in the peninsula and the rest of Northeast Asia.
    The U.S. can never evade the responsibility for the deteriorating situation.
    The U.S. nuclear war exercises are touching off bitterer anti-U.S. sentiment among the servicepersons and people of the DPRK.
    The DPRK will take necessary counter-measures including the bolstering of its nuclear arsenal to cope with the extremely hostile attempt of the U.S. to bring down the system in the DPRK though it is the Korean people's own choice.
    The reality testifies to the fact that the DPRK's nuclear weapons serve as powerful deterrent to keep the equilibrium of forces in the region, avert a new war and ensure peace.

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