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The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has condemned an annual joint military exercise between South Korea and the US that started on Monday.
The country’s official news agency KCNA, quoted government departments saying that the drills are an inexcusable military provocation. It also said that the DPRK’s top leader, Kim Jong-un recently visited a frontline military detachment, and reminded troops of their duty to fight a "sacred war" against any provocation by South Korea.
During the visit, Kim Jong-un commended the same artillery unit that shelled South Korea’s Yeonpyeong Island in 2010, which it claimed was in response to South Korea firing shells into its territorial waters.