PYONGYANG, Aug. 18 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) said Wednesday it was ready both for dialogue and war and had all the means and methods to defend itself.
The U.S. and South Korean authorities should understand there was a critical point in the tension and should not calculate they could evade the blame for the explosive situation, official news agency KCNA quoted a DPRK Foreign Ministry spokesman as saying.
The spokesman said current U.S.-South Korean joint military exercises were a "wanton violation" of the Armistice Agreement and ran counter to the presidential statement of the United Nations Security Council dated July 9, 2010, which calls for settling the pending issues on the Korean Peninsula through dialogue and negotiations in a peaceful manner.
"Such ceaseless military provocations being perpetrated in utter disregard of the concern of the international community about the tensions running high in the Korean Peninsula and the region go to clearly prove that the U.S. is, indeed, the arch criminal threatening and wrecking global peace and security," the spokesman said.
DPRK recently released a series of articles to condemn the United States and South Korea for launching joint military exercises named Ulji Freedom Guardian.
Ulji Freedom Guardian, being held from Aug. 16 to 26, involves more than 30,000 U.S. soldiers and 56,000 South Korean soldiers.