Ulji Freedom Guardian slammed
Pyongyang, August 17 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea Wednesday issued a statement assailing the U.S. imperialists and the south Korean puppet warmongers for kicking off the Ulji Freedom Guardian joint military exercises on Tuesday.
The statement said:
The U.S imperialists and the south Korean puppet warmongers finally started the provocative Ulji Freedom Guardian joint military exercises despite the strong warnings of the DPRK and the unanimous denunciation of the public at home and abroad.
Involved in the frantic war maneuvers which will be staged across south Korea for 11 days from August 16 to 26 are over 30 000 U.S. troops in south Korea and overseas and troops under the commands of three services of the puppet army and units under them, 530 000 troops in all, even according to an official announcement.
They hurled into this saber-rattling even military personnel of different countries which participated in the past Korean War, bringing to light their scenario to ignite the second Korean war.
The CPRK bitterly denounces with surging resentment UFG as a grave challenge to all the fellow countrymen aspiring after peace on the Korean Peninsula and the public opinion at home and abroad and an unpardonable heinous provocation against the DPRK.
What should not be overlooked in the war maneuvers is that the U.S. and the puppet warmongers included the drill for special warfare aimed at daring strike the leadership of the DPRK and the drill for mounting a preemptive attack on its nuclear and missile bases as main parts of this saber-rattling.
The puppet group, not content with committing such hideous provocations as doing harm to the dignity of the leadership of the DPRK, is contemplating applying those provocations to large-scale war maneuvers against it in collusion with the U.S. This is lashing the army and people of the DPRK into bitter resentment and hatred.
This is a declaration of an all-out war against the DPRK.
The war maneuvers started by the U.S. and the puppet group completely stripped them of their mask of peace and dialogue.
They reacted to the DPRK's patient efforts for peace with the provocative maneuvers for a war of aggression. This proves that they do not have any slightest will for dialogue and the improvement of relations but are only pursuing aims to escalate confrontation and ignite a war.
The group of traitors is none other than wicked hooligans and war maniacs who talked about the "era of peace and cooperation" before us but kicked off the war maneuvers against the north as soon as they went back.
The chief executive of south Korea is busy convening a security meeting with his American master after kicking off the above-said saber-rattling, strengthening the alert posture of the army and staging a drill for evacuating inhabitants.
It is the height of shamelessness for such war maniac without an equal to talk about confidence and sincerity.
The on-going war maneuvers brought into bolder relief the true colors of the puppet group as confrontation maniacs and war-like elements.
The whole world now clearly sees who is a real provocateur and who is a wrecker of peace and dialogue on the peninsula.
Those who like to play with fire are bound to perish in the flames.
If the U.S. and the puppet warmongers ignite a war of aggression at any cost, the army and people of the DPRK will give vent to the pent-up resentment and wipe out the aggressors on this land to the last one and realize the cherished desire for national reunification.
The U.S. and the puppet group should no longer mock at the DPRK.
The on-going saber-rattling goes to prove that the path chosen by the DPRK so far is right and hardens its determination to keep to the road in the days ahead.
The army and the people of the DPRK will never pardon the provocative war maneuvers of the U.S. and the puppet warmongers but shatter them mercilessly.