February 06, 2023
Analysis

North Korea calls US-ROK drills ‘provocative’ to justify its own agenda: Experts

DPRK did not object to past drills closer to border, as experts say it now seeks to provoke Seoul to ditch military deal

North Korea’s efforts to frame its recent artillery and air force drills as responses to South Korean “provocations” reflect its intention to escalate tensions for its own political purposes, rather than any qualitative change in ROK military exercises, experts told NK News this week.

The assessment comes as the DPRK’s Korean People’s Army (KPA) has issued multiple statements that have described its military activities — several of which Seoul says violated an inter-Korean military deal — as a “response” to or “warning” against South Korean artillery and multiple rocket launch system (MLRS) drills, including twice on Wednesday.