North Korea claims that the US-South Korean military exercises are an “invasion rehearsal.”
Kim Yong Chol, a senior official in the ruling Workers’ Party, stated, “South Korea must be made to clearly understand how dearly they have to pay for choosing their alliance with Washington over peace between the Koreas.”
He added, “We will make them realise by the minute what a dangerous choice they made and what a serious security crisis they will face because of their wrong choice.”
Ned Price, US State Department spokesperson said, “As we have long maintained, the United States harbours no hostile intent toward the DPRK.”
“We support inter-Korean dialogue, we support inter-Korean engagement and will continue to work with our (South Korean) partners toward that end.” He continued.
Leif-Eric Easley, a professor at Ewha University in Seoul, said, “The Kim regime is shifting blame for its struggles to restart the economy after a long, self-imposed pandemic lockdown.”