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Pyongyang urges UN meeting on upcoming US-South Korea drills

Iran Press TV

Sat Aug 2, 2014 9:32AM GMT

North Korea has called on the UN Security Council to hold an emergency session over the upcoming joint military drills by South Korea and the United States.

Speaking at a press conference on Friday, North Korea's deputy ambassador to the UN, Ri Tong Il, warned that the military exercises between Seoul and Washington could increase the risk of war on the Korean Peninsula.

He also noted that the full responsibility of a potential conflict will lie upon the United States and the Security Council.

"As long as the US is continuing with provocative, aggressive joint military exercises on the Korean Peninsula, the counter actions for self-defensive nature by the DPRK (North Korea) will become annual and routine," said the North Korean diplomat.

Ri Tong Il accused Washington of engaging in "nuclear blackmail" by bringing nuclear-armed submarines to South Korea.

He further accused the UN Security Council of double standards, saying the council condemns Pyongyang's ballistic missile tests, but ignores provocative exercises off the Korean Peninsula by Washington and Seoul.

The drills, scheduled to take place in mid-August, are expected to involve between 400,000 and 500,000 US and South Korean forces.

Pyongyang says that the drills are practice for invasion, and that North Korea will take additional measures to demonstrate its might as long as threats from the United States persist.

North Korea fired some short-range missiles in a show of force against the recently held military drills between Seoul and Washington. The two-month-long exercises, finished on April 18, involved nearly 13,000 US forces and some 200,000 South Korean troops.


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