The head of the ruling Democratic Party (DP) on Monday urged South Korea and the United States to proceed with their annual summertime military exercise as planned.
DP said this in spite of North Korea’s latest warning that the drills would complicate future inter-Korean ties.
On Sunday, Kim Yo-jong, the powerful sister of the North’s leader Kim Jong-un, issued a statement saying that the combined Seoul-Washington exercise could undermine efforts to improve inter-Korean relations at “such a crucial time.’’
Jong-un said this after long-severed cross-border communication lines were restored last week.
The statement came as South Korea and the U.S. were expected to hold their annual summertime joint military exercise sometime this month.
In response to the latest Pyongyang statement, DP Chairman Rep. Song Young-gil insisted that the exercise should proceed as scheduled.
He stated that the nature of the exercise was centered on national defense and peace preservation.
“The upcoming exercise does not include field training elements and consists mainly of command centre drills and computer simulation training,’’ Song said. (dpa/NAN)