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KCNA Blasts U.S.-led Large-Scale War Maneuvers

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

    Pyongyang, March 18 (KCNA) -- It is reported that U.S.-led large-scale military exercises, a combination of Foal Eagle joint military drill and RSOI, will be staged across south Korea from Saturday. The exercises to be staged under the simulated conditions of an "emergency" on the Korean Peninsula will draw the Striker unit, a rapid task force in the U.S. mainland, U.S. elite units in south Korea and overseas, carrier Kitty Hawk and other nuclear strike groups.
    The projected exercises are extremely dangerous nuclear war drills to mount a preemptive attack on the DPRK in their nature, scale and content from A to Z as they involve huge forces and latest means of war.
    This DPRK-targeted reckless saber rattling to be launched by the U.S. at a time when the peace and stability on the peninsula present themselves as an international pressing issue is a wanton violation of justice and peace and a clear proof that there is no change in the U.S. aggressive ambition to stifle the DPRK.
    Recently, the U.S. has spent a fund amounting to astronomical figures for the research into the smaller nukes aimed to destroy the DPRK's underground bunkers and held a mock nuclear bomb-dropping exercise by mobilizing aircraft of the U.S. Air Force stationed in Japan, Guam and other areas as well as the U.S. forces in south Korea.
    The three-dimensional nuclear war exercises to be staged by the U.S. with even the nuclear strike groups involved will push the situation in the peninsula and the rest of Northeast Asia to a new phase of tension.
    The U.S. tries hard to downplay the gravity of the exercises, claiming that the exercises have been scaled down and they are annual events. But they are of aggressive and provocative nature as newly developed sophisticated war equipment will be involved in these maneuvers and they are designed to meet the requirements of the recently worked out war scenario to invade the DPRK.
    This once again clearly indicates how hypocritical the U.S. assertion that it has no intention to attack or invade the DPRK is.
    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 DPRK.
    The U.S. projected adventurous military drills are aimed to steadily escalate the tensions in the peninsula and finally make a preemptive strike at the DPRK and, furthermore, achieve its sinister strategic design on Northeast Asia.
    The U.S. is chiefly to blame for escalating the nuclear crisis in the peninsula and driving the situation to confrontation and the brink of a war in a bid to strain the tensions in the region.
    The reality goes to prove that it is very just for the DPRK to have opted for bolstering its self-defensive nuclear arsenal in order to protect the peace of the country and the fate of the nation from the U.S. moves for aggression and the DPRK's nukes serve as powerful deterrent to keep the balance of forces in Northeast Asia, prevent the outbreak of a new war and preserve peace.
    The DPRK will take all the necessary countermeasures including the increase of its nuclear arsenal to cope with the extremely hostile attempt of the U.S. to bring down its system chosen by the Korean people themselves.

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