North Korean criticism of U.S. for joint drills could signal bigger policy shift
Pyongyang’s unusual singling out of the U.S. for military drills with South Korea reflects a hardening position
North Korea’s “roving ambassador” Kwon Jong Gun on November 6 issued a “press statement” criticizing a U.S. announcement that it will conduct joint aerial exercises with South Korea.
Kwon was apparently referring to the U.S. Department of Defense confirmation on November 5 that the U.S. and South Korea will go ahead with a scaled-back version of the annual joint aerial drills, Vigilant Ace, later this month. The South Korean Defense Ministry also confirmed the plan on the same day.
Kwon’s press statement is a low-level pronouncement attributed to an individual who works
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