‘Enemies still enemies’: N Korea hits out in the South, praises China
North Korea has criticized South Korea for the recent military exercises, with leader Kim Jong Un sending a personal message to Chinese President Xi Jinping congratulating him on the country’s success of the coronavirus control, state media reported on Friday.
A North Korean military representative said Friday that the recent South Korean military exercises were a serious provocation that required a reaction, according to a statement carried by the Korean Central News Agency( KCNA).
“The recent exercises were an opportunity to wake us up once again to the obvious fact that enemies remain, enemies, all the time,” the statement said.
North Korea mentioned a military exercise conducted by the Korean Republic’s Air Combat Command (ROCA) on Wednesday, saying the exercises violated inter-Korean agreements aimed at reducing military tension.
“Everything is now back to the starting point ahead of the North-South Summit in 2018,” the statement said.
South Korea said Sunday that North Korean troops fired several shots at a South Korean guard post in the demilitarized zone separating the two countries.
South Korean troops responded with warning shots, but no casualties were reported.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said North Korea’s shots were probably “accidental.”
In a separate report, the kK said Kim sent an oral message to the Chinese president about the coronavirus.
In his message, Kim Jong Un extended his warm greetings to Xi Jinping and congratulated him, appreciating him very much that he was taking the chance to win the war against the unprecedented epidemic.
Kim wished Xi good health, and the report said relations between Pyongyang and Beijing were “firm.”
North Korea said it had no cases of the coronavirus but had previously stepped up border inspections and measures to combat the epidemic.