NKorea slams US, SKorea use of flag in war drills

PYONGYANG, June 25: North Korea is calling the use of its national flag in US-South Korean military drills a “grave provocative act” and an insult.

An unidentified Foreign Ministry spokesman said in a statement late yesterday that Pyongyang will continue boosting its nuclear weapons program because of US hostility.

The statement calls the programme “an all-powerful treasured sword for preventing a war.”

The drills Friday were the allies’ biggest since the Korean War. A huge North Korean flag on a hill disappeared behind flames and smoke as South Korean jets and US helicopters fired rockets.

The UN Security Council condemned a North Korean rocket launch in April that Seoul and Washington called a cover for a test of banned long-range missile technology. North Korea says it was meant to launch a satellite. (Agencies)


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