North Korea threatens USA against military exercise with South Korea

Posted March 05, 2018

The two are also expected to affirm the resumption of US joint military drills with South Korea which the two countries plan to suspend until the Winter Paralympics end on March 18, even though North Korea opposes the drills and denounces them as preparations for invasion.

The Trump administration has imposed new unilateral sanctions to pressure North Korea, such as by suspending maritime, trading and other companies engaged in maritime smuggling from conducting dollar-based global trade.

US President Donald Trump also warned of a "phase two" if the sanctions did not work, stating that they could be "very, very unfortunate for the world".

North Korea will "take its own measures" against the United States if sanctions and joint military drills with South Korean troops continue, Pyongyang's state media said.

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"We have the intention to resolve issues in a diplomatic and peaceful way through dialogue and negotiation, but we will neither beg for dialogue nor evade the military option claimed by the United States", he continued.

Our interest in such an outcome is personal as well as professional - because our earliest voluntary errands in Philippine foreign policy involved North Korea. "The US should clearly understand this and exercise prudence".

A North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman said Saturday that dialogue between Pyongyang and Washington is "possible", but underscored that it will happen only on equal footing and without preconditions.

US officials have said that North Korea has used past negotiations to win economic concessions while continuing to advance its nuclear weapons program.

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Rival parties are split on possible candidates for President Moon Jae-in's special envoy to North Korea.

Vowing not to repeat mistakes, the Trump administration has said that even if talks started, it would maintain its "maximum" pressure and sanctions campaign until North Korea denuclearized.

In North Korea, it is extremely rare to speak out against leader Kim Jong-un and his family, for the fear of detention and torture.

In sending an envoy to Pyongyang, Moon said he would be seeking to reciprocate Kim Jong Un's decision to send a senior delegation, including his sister, Kim Yo Jong, to the Olympics, marking the first visit by a member of the North's ruling bloodline since the 1950-53 Korean War.

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