N.Korea slams Seoul-Washington joint drill

Third Republic of Korea Soldiers complete a successful test of communicating over their Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio Systems over encrypted channels during Ulchi Freedom Guardian at Yongin South Korea Aug. 20 2015

Tens of thousands of South Korean and United States troops are taking part in the "Ulchi Freedom Guardian" joint military drills, a largely computer-simulated exercise that runs for two weeks in the South.

North Korea's back-track on Guam, after a tense war of words with Washington about its nuclear and missile tests, was conditional.

In response to the warning from North Korea, Turnbull hit back on Monday, saying: "North Korea has shown it has no regard for the welfare of its own population, no regard for the security and good relations with its neighbours and no regard for global law".

The way in which the games are conducted and advertised will send an important signal to the North, said the U.S. military's newspaper Stars and Stripes in a piece published over the weekend.

But, the KCNA report also stated that Mr Kim could revive plans to attack the U.S. if the military drill went ahead. He says the drills are held regularly because of repeated provocations by North Korea.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull earlier this month vowed that his country's military would fight alongside the USA if the latter was attacked by North Korea.

"[Mr Kim] said that if the Yankees persist in their extremely risky, reckless actions on the Korean peninsula and in its vicinity, testing the self-restraint of the DPRK, the latter will make an important decision as it already declared, warning the U.S. that it should think reasonably and judge properly not to suffer shame that it is hit by the DPRK again".

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The "lax enforcement" of existing sanctions and Pyongyang's "evolving evasion techniques" were undermining the United Nation's goal of getting North Korea to abandon its nuclear and ballistic missile programs, Kyodo quoted the report as saying. Bay State U.S. Sen.

The move averted a possible conflict after U.S. President Donald Trump warned that the U.S. military was "locked and loaded" and would respond to any attack with "fire and fury". But he added that the diplomatic approach "has to be backed with military threat" if North Korea chooses to move forward with destabilizing actions.

"Are we trying to publicise them and put some kind of military psychological pressure on (North Korea) or will we keep it low key and business like?"

Moon also called for joint efforts to successfully host a series of upcoming global sporting events in the region - the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea's PyeongChang, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games - calling them a chance to greatly improve the countries' relations and also ensure peace and prosperity in the region, Park said.

China's Global Times newspaper, a state-run tabloid, was scathing of South Korea's decision to proceed with the drills.

But South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported the allies were mulling scrapping an initial plan to bring in two aircraft carriers to the peninsula to take part in the drill.

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