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North Korea blames South Korea, U.S. and Japan ties as Asian version of NATO

North Korea criticised a joint military exercise by South Korea, Japan and the United States held this month, state media said on Sunday (June 30), saying such drills show the relationship among three countries has developed into “the Asian version of NATO.”

On Thursday (June 27), the three countries began large-scale joint military drills called “Freedom Edge” involving navy destroyers, fighter jets and the nuclear-powered U.S. aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt, aimed at boosting defences against missiles, submarines and air attacks.

The exercise was devised at the three-way summit at Camp David last year to strengthen military cooperation amid tensions on the Korean peninsula stemming from North Korea’s weapons testing.

Pyongyang will not ignore the strengthening of a military bloc led by the U.S. and its allies and will protect regional peace with an aggressive and overwhelming response, North Korea’s foreign ministry said in a statement, according to KCNA news agency.

Source: REUTERS

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