Koreans Condemn U.S. Military Maneuvers

(The following article is excerpted from a March 25 statement released by the Korean National Peace Committee, as published by the Korean Central News Agency, KCNA, on March 26th)

The launch of the U.S. "RSOI" war maneuvers is a product of deliberately planned and systematic moves of the U.S. and south Korean bellicose forces to prevent the desire for peace and reconciliation from growing stronger...

The above-said RSOI and field mobile exercise is an extension of the moves to provoke a war against the DPRK and an extremely dangerous preliminary war, a test nuclear war before going over to an actual war. This saber-rattling just launched behind the curtain of "dialogue" and "peace" is a very rude act proving their utter lack of good faith and courtesy.

This clearly indicates that the U.S. and south Korean authorities' talk about "dialogue" and "improved relations" is nothing but hypocrisy as they are still persisting in their hostile policy toward the DPRK.

The army and people of the DPRK will bolster the self-defensive deterrence for defending the dignity and sovereignty of the Korean nation to cope with the provocative moves of the U.S. and south Korean warmongers. If the aggressors ignite a war on this land, the army and people of the DPRK will resolutely retaliate against them with merciless deadly blows.

The U.S. would be well advised to stop at once its reckless war exercises against the DPRK, which are harmful to the settlement of the nuclear issue and peace of the Korean Peninsula and driving the situation to a phase of confrontation and war.