taken from the state TV of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) shows a Korean People's Army (KPA) spokesman speaking during a televised address. The supreme military command of DPRK said Tuesday that it would nullify the Korean War Armistice Agreement from Monday, the same day when South Korea and the United States plan to stage a joint military drill. (Xinhua/Zhang Li)
PYONGYANG, March 5 (Xinhua) -- The supreme military command of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) said Tuesday that the country would nullify the Korean War Armistice Agreement on Monday, the same day when a U.S.-South Korean military drill is set to kick off.
In response to ongoing U.S.-South Korea military exercises and other "hostile" policies, the Korean People's Army (KPA) would carry out more and stronger countermeasures, a KPA spokesperson said on state TV.
Meanwhile, the DPRK has also decided to halt from Monday the work of its delegation at Panmunjom, where DPRK and South Korean delegates usually meet for communication and negotiations.
The upcoming two-week war game, "Key Resolve", will involve 10,000 South Korean troops and 3,500 U.S. troops in exercises to improve defense readiness.
Meanwhile, another U.S.-South Korean military drill is currently under way. Launched on March 1, the two-month "Foal Eagle" program involves 10,000 U.S. troops and 200,000 South Korean troops.
Despite Seoul's clarification that the annual drills are defensive in nature, Pyongyang on Tuesday denounced them as "an irresponsible and dangerous action" that will further destabilize the current situation.
In Tuesday's statement, the KPA spokesperson said the drills showed Washington and its allies were moving beyond economic sanctions into blunt military aggression.
A Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman said Tuesday that Beijing expects all parties "to do more to ease tensions on the peninsula and promote regional peace and stability."
The DPRK conducted its third nuclear test on Feb. 12, which drew condemnation from the international community. The United States and some other countries are pressing for stricter sanctions against Pyongyang at the UN Security Council.
Signed in 1953 to end the Korean War, the armistice agreement is designed to "insure a complete cessation of hostilities and of all acts of armed force in Korea until a final peaceful settlement is achieved."
However, the DPRK has not signed a peace treaty with either South Korea or the United States.
PYONGYANG, March 5 (Xinhua) -- The supreme military command of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) said Tuesday that the Korean War Armistice Agreement was null.
In a statement in response to planned U.S.-South Korean military exercises, a spokesperson of the Korean People's Army also said on state TV that the DPRK military would carry out more and stronger countermeasures. Full story
BEIJING, March 5 (Xinhuanet) -- South Korea's defense ministry says it has evidence the Democratic People's Republic of Korea is preparing for larger defense drills, which will further raise tensions on the Korean peninsula. Defense Ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok told reporters there was "various evidence" suggesting such drills were being planned.
Kim Min-Seok, Spokesman, S. Korean Defense Ministry, said, "There is various evidence that the North is getting ready for much larger scale, conventional military drills after last year’s long-range missile launch, and nuclear test." Full story
GENEVA, Feb. 27 (Xinhua) -- The recent nuclear test carried out by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) was a "resolute step for self-defense," a DPRK diplomat in Geneva said on Wednesday.
The move aims to cope with the United States' "hostile acts" against DPRK's satellite launch for peaceful purposes, said So Se Pyong, DPRK's Permanent Representative to the UN Office at Geneva. Full story