PYONGYANG – North Korea on Wednesday slammed Seoul’s ongoing annual military exercise and called it a “preliminary war”, Xinhua news agency reported.
“The drill is a war of aggression against North Korea in light of its scale and content,” said the secretariat of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea in a statement.
The statement said Seoul was targeting North Korea with the latest exercise codenamed “Hoguk” while seeking dialogue with it at the same time.
“South Korean authorities are only using the dialogue as a camouflage to escalate confrontation and step up military moves,” it said.
The drill held from Nov 10 to 21 is the largest organised by South Korean forces this year and mobilises 330,000 troops compared to 80,000 in 2013.
The exercise involves around 23,000 military equipment, 60 warships and numerous airplanes. – Bernama