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N Korea Finds Excuse To Stop Nuke Talks

From an understanding Reuters:

Protesters wearing masks and holding miniatures of U.S. arms perform on a map of Korean peninsula as a South Korean army’s truck passes by during an anti-war and anti-U.S. rally denouncing the Ulchi Focus Guardian (UFG) exercise, a joint military drill between South Korea and the U.S., in front of South Korea-U.S. War Command Centre TANGO in Seongnam, south of Seoul, August 18, 2008.

North Korea angry as S.Korea, U.S. start military drills

Mon Aug 18

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korean and U.S. forces began annual military drills on Monday, as a North Korean military spokesman denounced the exercises as a prelude to war and said they spoiled the prospects for nuclear disarmament talks.

The drills, called Ulchi Freedom Guardian, last until Friday and come as envoys in talks on ending the North’s nuclear arms program discuss a mechanism to verify claims Pyongyang made about its production of arms-grade plutonium…

North Korea’s official media on Monday quoted a military spokesman for the communist state as saying the drills were intended to start a war on the peninsula and stifle the North.

“The Korean People’s Army will not stand idly by as the bellicose forces in the U.S. and the South mount the Ulchi Freedom Guardian as conservative U.S. hard-liners brand us a rogue state again and erase a series of progress made on denuclearizing the Korean peninsula,” the spokesman said…

What’s this?

a North Korean military spokesman denounced the exercises as a prelude to war and said they spoiled the prospects for nuclear disarmament talks.

We guess this means they have gotten the billions in supplies and cash they were offered for disarming and now they are back to hardball.

What a shock.

“The Korean People’s Army will not stand idly by as the bellicose forces in the U.S. and the South mount the Ulchi Freedom Guardian as conservative U.S. hard-liners brand us a rogue state again and erase a series of progress made on denuclearizing the Korean peninsula,” the spokesman said.

The spokesman sounds like Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid.

By the way, Reuters somehow always neglects to mention that the protesters featured in their photo with this article are the South Korean equivalent of Code Pink — SPARK (Solidarity for Peace and Reunification of Korea).

And just like Code Pink they are full-time professional agitators and hard-line Communists.

So of course, just as with Code Pink, our watchdog media always portrays them as grassroots protesters.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, August 18th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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