S Korea, U.S. kick off joint military exercise despite DPRK's strong opposition
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South Korea and U.S. kicked off their annual joint military exercises Monday.
26,000 U.S. troops and over 50,000 South Korean troops will participate in the exercise.
DPRK said Monday it will retaliate against any attempt to intercept its rocket.

    SEOUL, March 9 (Xinhua) -- South Korea and the United States kicked off their annual joint military exercises on Monday despite strong oppositions by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

    According to the Chosun Daily, 26,000 U.S. troops and over 50,000 South Korean troops will participate in the Key Resolve and Foal Eagle exercise all over South Korea.

    The exercise, which was set to end on March 20, are aimed at strengthening the capabilities of the allies to quickly reinforce frontline forces when South Korea was invaded, the organizers said earlier.

    Among the U.S. troops, 14,000 are from overseas bases of the U.S. military, the U.S. Force Korea said earlier.

    The USS John C. Stennis aircraft carrier and a total of seven U.S. Aegis destroyers will take part in the exercises, the Chosun Daily said.

    The DPRK military has repeatedly demanded the U.S. military to cancel the exercises.

    A spokesman for the DPRK's general staff said Monday his country will retaliate against any attempt to intercept its rocket by mobilizing "the most powerful military means," arguing such a move would "precisely mean a war," South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported Monday.



S Korea "regrets" DPRK's cut-off of last military communications channel

    SEOUL, March 9 (Xinhua) -- South Korea expressed "regrets" over Pyongyang's cut-off of last military communications channel, Yonhap said Monday.

    Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) had cut off the last inter-Korean communications channel to protest South Korea's military exercise with the United States, Yonhap news agency reported.Full story

DPRK orders army to be fully combat ready

    PYONGYANG, March 9 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has ordered its troops to be ready for a war against the United States and the Republic of Korea (ROK), the official KCNA said on Monday.

    The order, released by the supreme command of the Korean People's Army (KPA), targeted the U.S.- ROK joint military exercises set to begin on Monday. KCNA said that the KPA will deal "merciless retaliatory blows" on the U.S. and ROK troops should the latter intrude upon the DPRK during the drills.

    "There is no limit to the retaliatory measure of the KPA and no one can predict or evade it," KCNA quoted the order as saying.   Full story

DPRK vows to attack U.S., Japan, S Korea if its satellite intercepted

    PYONGYANG, March 9 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) said on Monday it will launch a war on the territory of the United States, Japan and South Korea, if its satellite launching "for peaceful purpose" was intercepted.

    The DPRK "will launch without hesitation a just retaliatory strike operation not only against all the interceptor means involved but against the strongholds of the U.S. and Japanese aggressors and the south Korean puppets who hatched plots to intercept it," the official KCNA news cited a spokesman for the General Staff of the Korean People's Army (KPA) as saying.   Full story 

U.S. special envoy says Washington wants dialogue with DPRK

    SEOUL, March 7 (Xinhua) -- U.S. special envoy on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Stephen Bosworth said Saturday that Washington wants dialogue with Pyongyang.

    "We are reaching out now. We want dialogue," Bosworth said upon his arrival to South Korea.  Full story

DPRK, UNC finish military talks without significant outcome

    SEOUL, March 6 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the U.S.-led United Nations Command (UNC) held their general-level military talks on Friday morning but failed to achieve significant outcomes.

    According to a news release by the UNC, the meeting only last for 45 minutes at the truce village of Panmumjom. Full story

Security of South Korean civil airplanes near DPRK territory not guaranteed, says DPRK

    PYONGYANG, March 5 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) warned on Thursday that it will not guarantee the safe flights of South Korean airplanes, including civil ones, within or near its territory, as a counter measure to the upcoming joint U.S- South Korea military drills.

    A spokesman for the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea issued a statement denouncing the joint military exercises to take place on March 9, the official KCNA news agency said.  Full story

Editor: Xiong Tong
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