N. Korea slams USFK’s THAAD battery training

This image captured from a Facebook posting by the 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade shows soldiers of the United States Forces Korea (USFK) conducting a training exercise with a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery. It did not specify the exact location or date of the training. (Yonhap)

SEOUL, May 3, 2019, Yonhap. North Korean propaganda outlets lashed out at the United States over recent exercises involving a THAAD missile defense battery stationed in South Korea, calling them provocations and a menace, reported the Yonhap.

Last month, U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) conducted the weeklong exercises with a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery at Camp Humphreys in Pyeongtaek, 70 kilometers south of Seoul, allowing the soldiers “to showcase crew proficiency and readiness,” according to a post it made on Facebook.

Seoul and Washington installed the THAAD system here last year to counter North Korea’s missile threats.

In an article, Uriminzokkiri, a North Korean propaganda website, said the drills were “military provocations that dampen hard-earned peaceful atmospheres on the peninsula” and “an overt intimidation against North Korea.”

It also warned Seoul of “bad consequences if it follows America’s ruthless hostile acts.”

Meari, another North Korean propaganda outlet, also claimed that the THAAD exercises constitute a military provocation that is aimed not only at the North but neighboring countries and has sparked fury in the international community.

About 28,500 U.S. troops are currently stationed on the Korean Peninsula to deter North Korean aggression, a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean War, which ended in an armistice, not a peace treaty.

Pyongyang has bristled at USFK’s exercises as well as joint drills between Seoul and Washington, calling them rehearsals for invasion, while the allies have argued that their drills are defensive in nature.

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