North Korea Denounces U.S. War "Games"

March 25, 2007

U.S. military war "games" in Korea are scheduled to begin March 25th. Hundreds of thousands of South Korean troops and 30,000 U.S. soldiers are expected to participate in the joint annual exercises, named "RSOI" and "Foal Eagle." A U.S. aircraft carrier, Navy cruisers and destroyers will also take part.

Below are excerpts from a March 15 statement by "Rodong Sinmun," the official daily newspaper of the Korean Workers' Party (reprinted from the Korean Central News Agency).

The joint military exercises "RSOI" and "Foal Eagle" are very dangerous war games against the DPRK, which are aimed at swiftly hurling massive reinforcements and military hardware of the U.S. onto the Korean front...and invading the DPRK by a large-scale joint operation of the U.S. imperialist aggressor troops and the south Korean army.

These joint military exercises planned by them at a time when the situation of the Korean Peninsula is softening in various aspects are a never-to-be-condoned challenge and a grave military provocation against the DPRK.

The plan cannot be construed otherwise than an indication that they are pursuing confrontation and war, not reconciliation and improved relations, and gives rise to doubt about the credibility of their recent agreement with the DPRK and their will to implement it....

Dialogue and war games are never compatible with each other.