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Spokesman for DPRK Foreign Ministry Slams Ulji Freedom Guardian

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

Pyongyang, August 20 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the DPRK Monday issued the following statement:

Dark clouds of a war are hanging over the Korean Peninsula in which the north and the south of Korea stand in the most acute military stand-off in the world.

The U.S. finally kicked off extremely provocative large-scale joint military exercises, defying the unanimous desire of the people at home and abroad for peace and stability on the peninsula.

Ulji Freedom Guardian, a military expression of the U.S. hostile policy toward the DPRK, is aimed at invading it, to all intents and purposes. Hurled into the war drills now under way across south Korea are huge aggression troops enough to fight a war according to the mode of an actual war to invade and seize the DPRK all of a sudden.

This large-scale saber-rattling kicked off by the U.S. in the wake of patronizing and instigating hideous hostile acts of the south Korean puppet regime to hurt the dignity of the supreme leadership of the DPRK is an undisguised military provocation.

In recent years the U.S. staged big joint military drills more often and in more intensive manner, pursuant to its new defense strategy to contain the DPRK and countries around it by force. The core of the new defense strategy calls for shifting the strategic focus to the Asia-Pacific region and putting Asia under control through massive arms buildup and military blackmail.

Its primary target is to bring down the DPRK by force and use the whole Korean Peninsula as a springboard for realizing the strategy to dominate Asia.

The prevailing situation requires the DPRK to bolster up the war deterrent physically and goes to prove that it was entirely just when it determined to fully reexamine the nuclear issue.

The DPRK's war deterrent serves as a just means for retaliation as it is capable of mercilessly punishing any aggressors no matter where they are on this earth.

This is an all-powerful treasured sword for protecting the sovereignty of the country and a powerful means for deterring the war on the Korean Peninsula. It also provides a firm guarantee for concentrating efforts on economic construction and the improvement of people's living standard.

It is a stark reality on the peninsula that talking alone cannot prevent a war.

The arms of the country guarantee its peace and prosperity.

The U.S. would be well advised to face up to the situation and roll back at once its anachronistic hostile policy toward the DPRK.

The U.S. persistent pursuance of its invariable hostile policy would only precipitate its miserable end.

It is the firm will of the army and people of the DPRK to counter the aggressors' preemptive firing with deadly counter-actions and achieve the country's reunification through this decisive war.

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