North Korea warns of ‘terrible disaster’ if South continues war drills along border

Posted on : 2024-07-09 17:35 KST Modified on : 2024-07-09 17:35 KST
Kim Yo-jong warned called the recent resumption of artillery drills by the South “suicidal hysteria”
North Korea’s Kim Yo-jong. (KCNA/Yonhap)
North Korea’s Kim Yo-jong. (KCNA/Yonhap)

North Korea’s Kim Yo-jong has labeled South Korea’s recent resumption of artillery drills along the maritime and land borders as “suicidal hysteria.”
 
Kim, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un who serves as deputy department director of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea, announced in a press statement released Monday through the Korea Central News Agency and the Rodong Sinmun that South Korea is staring down the barrel of a “terrible disaster” by staging war games near the border with North Korea.

“A touch-and-go situation is prevailing. Clear to everyone is the riskiness of the above-said reckless live ammunition firing drills the ROK army stages coming nearer to the border of the DPRK under such [a] situation,” she added.
 
South Korea resumed live-fire artillery training near the DMZ on July 2, the first such exercises in nearly six years. Such drills had been suspended since the signing of the Sept. 19 inter-Korean military agreement in 2018. On June 26, South Korean Marines resumed live-fire exercises near the Northern Limit Line in the Yellow Sea.
 
In regard to Freedom Edge, the joint multi-domain military exercises between the US, Japan and South Korea, Kim said, “The war drumbeats clearly showed that the US and other hostile forces’ rash manoeuvres for military hegemony in the region have crossed the red line.”
 
Kim also addressed President Yoon Suk-yeol by writing, “The world should pay attention to the fact that the number of people petitioning for proposing a bill on impeachment of Yoon Suk Yeol has exceeded one million as of now.”
 
“Yoon and his group, plunged into the worst ruling crisis, are attempting an ‘emergency escape’ through the platform of ever-escalating tensions. That is the reason why the puppet regime persists in destabilizing the regional situation and stirring up the warmongering atmosphere [. . .] and even spearheads the extremely dangerous live ammunition drill in the areas near the border,” Kim went on, claiming that the resumption of artillery drills and other exercises are being held to defuse the domestic political crisis in South Korea

By Shin Hyeong-cheol, staff reporter

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