September 30, 2023

North Korea slams US-led maritime drills as effort to impose ‘hostile blockade’

Multilateral exercise off Jeju on intercepting WMDs is a ‘declaration of war,’ Pyongyang says

North Korea has condemned WMD interdiction drills being held off the coast of South Korea’s Jeju Island, calling it a U.S.-led attempt to impose a “hostile blockade” against the DPRK and a “declaration of war.”

In a statement released Thursday by Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), vice foreign minister Kim Son Gyong criticized the multilateral Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) maritime exercise staged on Wednesday as a “catalyst” that escalates tensions and the risk of nuclear war.