North Korea complains about ‘stink’ of U.S.-South Korea military exercises

The captured image from the website of US online news network C Span shows White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki speaking in a White House press briefing

The captured image from the website of US online news network C Span shows White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki speaking in a White House press briefing

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's younger sister has harshly criticized the ongoing joint military drills by the United States and South Korea.

North Korea would consider abandoning a 2018 bilateral agreement on reducing military tensions and abolish a decades-old ruling party unit tasked to handle inter-Korean relations if it no longer had to cooperate with the South, said Kim Yo Jong.

The spokesperson added that North Korea has been unresponsive to USA efforts to engage. On multiple occasions, in testimony, statements or briefings, USA officials have said they their goal is "the complete denuclearization of North Korea". To date, we have not received any response from Pyongyang, ' the administration official said, asking not to be identified.

Kim Yo-jong was quoted in the official Rodong Sinmun newspaper as saying: "A word of advice to the new administration of the United States that is struggling to spread the smell of gunpowder on our land from across the ocean". Kim Yo-jong warned Washington not to make "hassles that will keep them awake all night for the next four years".

Later in the day, a State Department's principal deputy spokesperson, Jalina Porter said the North Korea policy review will evaluate all available options.

Kim Yo Jong's statement, as colourful as it is, is generally consistent with past North Korean statements expressing frustrations at disparities between words and actions, said Jenny Town, director of 38 North, a USA -based website that tracks North Korea.

But ultimately no progress was made towards Washington's declared aim of denuclearising North Korea, which is under multiple worldwide sanctions for its banned weapons programmes.

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She added that the U.S. maintains a series of channels through which it is able to communicate with North Korea, Xinhua news agency reported. His country's battered economy has decayed further amid pandemic border closures while his summitry with Trump failed to lift crippling sanctions.

"Diplomacy is back at the centre of our foreign policy, and we are working to strengthen America's relationships with our allies as well as the relationships among them", said Sung Kim, the top U.S. diplomat for Asia.

She said the "spring days" of 2018 - when Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in held their first summit - "won't come easily again".

But inter-Korean relations have lain in ruin amid the stalemate in the nuclear diplomacy between Washington and Pyongyang.

Seoul and Washington are treaty allies, with the United States stationing around 28,500 troops in South Korea to defend it against its neighbour, and they began computer-simulated joint military exercises last week. The drills are command post exercises and computerised simulation and don't involve field training. North Korea conducted six nuclear tests between 2006 and 2017.

Kim Yo Jong, however, said such military drills target the North and the essence of them has "remained the same". Psaki also said the current leadership consulted with former elders. government officials involved in North Korean politics.to allies in Asia, Japan and South Korea.

"War exercises and dialogue, hostility and cooperation can never exist together", she said in a statement carried by state media. Pyongyang says the drills are "rehearsal for invasion", but the US and South Korea say the drills, which were scaled down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, are "defensive" in nature and don't include field training. He said the South's military wasn't detecting any unusual signs of military activity from the North.

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