The United States and South Korea should stop joint military exercises on the Korean Peninsula, said the deputy head of the propaganda and agitation department of the Central Committee of the Labor Party of Korea, the sister of DPRK leader Kim Jong-un, Kim Ye Jong.
She said that the DPRK is ready for “special measures” in case of provocations on the peninsula.
“We take this opportunity to warn the new US administration against dispelling the smell of gunpowder on our land. If it wants to sleep peacefully in the next four years, the first thing it should do is to refrain from it,” Kim Ye Jong said. >
According to her, the DPRK will continue to study the “further attitude and actions” of the South Korean authorities and may “annul the military agreement between the North and South”.
On March 8, the United States and South Korea began their annual joint exercise. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, they are held in a compressed format, in the mode of computer simulation of exercises in the command post.
Kim Ye Jong’s statement came out during the visit of the heads of the US Department of State and Defense, Anthony Blinken and Lloyd Austin to Seoul and Tokyo. Austin will also visit India as part of the trip. The United States, Japan, India, and Australia are participating in the Quadripartite Security Dialogue (QUAD), which plays a key role in responding to pressure from China.