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North Korea skewers the U.S. for 'NUCLEAR WAR exercises and BLACKMAIL'

North Korea skewers the U.S. for 'NUCLEAR WAR exercises and BLACKMAIL'

The North's drills are expected to run from December to April, according to the South Korean military.

"The military has raised its alertness against the North Korean military's possible provocations and is maintaining its full readiness posture", the official said.

The Pacific Fleet held massive joint maritime drills with South Korea off the Korean peninsula's east coast.

South Korean guards, who were alerted by gunshots, found the North Korean soldier about 55 yards south of Panmunjom, the New York Times reported.

President Donald Trump, meanwhile, delivered a message to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a speech last week before the South Korean National Assembly.

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While on average more than 1,000 North Koreans defect to South Korea every year, most travel via China and it is unusual for a North Korean to cross the land border dividing the two Koreas, which have been in a technical state of war since their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty. This year, North Korean defectors successfully escaping the regime fell by 12.7 percent, according to the Telegraph.

Military officials from the North and South have used Panmunjom frequently in the past for talks.

Ja Song-nam, in a letter addressed to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, stated that the ongoing military drills by the US and South Korea on the peninsula have confirmed that the country's decision to pursue nuclear weapons was the right one.

It marks the first massive joint drills since Seoul and Washington agreed last month to enhance rotational deployments of U.S. strategic assets to curb North Korea's nuclear and missile threats.

The training comes as Trump concludes his five-country Asia tour, meeting with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday and attending the 50 anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.


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