North Korean state media today criticized the resumption of joint naval maneuvers by South Korea and the United States, noting that such exercises undermine the dialogue process for denuclearization and peace in the peninsula.
In an editorial published today, the Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the North Korean Workers Party, affirms that Seoul and Washington should "behave in a reasonable manner" and "refrain from performing anachronistic military acts" in order not to damage the atmosphere of detente in the region. .
The main newspaper of the regime points specifically to the Korean Maritime Exercise Program (KMEP), a two-week maneuver involving US troops deployed in Okinawa (southern Japan), which were resumed on passed day 5 after a lapse of six months.
These joint small-scale exercises had been suspended indefinitely by Seoul and Washington in the wake of the June 12 summit in Singapore between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to avoid harming the dialogue process.
The North Korean newspaper stresses that the resumption of the maneuvers goes against the inter-Korean pact sealed in the historic first meeting between the leaders of North and South last April, in which both parties called for an end to military hostilities in the peninsula of Korea.
The dialogue around the North Korean disarmament process has stalled after the summit between Trump and Kim from Singapore, in which Washington pledged to guarantee the survival of the regime in exchange for its denuclearization.
Since then, Pionyang has demanded the signing of a peace treaty and the lifting of sanctions to continue dismantling its weapons program, while the White House has demanded more significant gestures to the regime that demonstrate its commitment to denuclearization.