In the News – N. Korea accuses U.S. of seeking to create crisis on Korean Peninsula
SEOUL, Jan. 30 (Yonhap) — North Korea accused the United States Monday of seeking to create crisis and maintain tension on the Korean Peninsula in an attempt to keep the Asia-Pacific region under its control.
North Korea routinely denounces the U.S. over its policy on the divided peninsula as well as its regular joint military exercises with South Korea. The latest criticism came weeks after Washington unveiled a new defense strategy that called for a bigger role for U.S. asiatroops in Asia despite a planned troop reduction due to budget constraints.
U.S. President Barack Obama stressed earlier this month that Washington’s commitment to the Asia-Pacific region will not be affected, calling it a “critical region.”
“The U.S. is trying to act as the emperor of the world” by dominating the Asia-Pacific region, the North’s official Korean Central News Agency said in a commentary.
The commentary claimed the purpose of the U.S. defense strategy is to strengthen its military invasion and engagement in the region by fostering tension on the peninsula.
North Korea has frequently said U.S. joint military drills with South Korea are a rehearsal for a northward invasion, a claim rejected by both Seoul and Washington.
The U.S. has recently said it will maintain peace on the Korean Peninsula by effectively working with allies and other regional states to deter and defend against provocations from North Korea.
The U.S. has around 28,500 soldiers in South Korea to help deter possible North Korean aggression.
The communist country has a track record of military provocations against South Korea. In 2010, the North torpedoed a South Korean warship and shelled a South Korean border island, killing 50 people and driving bilateral relations to their lowest point in decades.
The North’s commentary asserted that the U.S. is eventually seeking to keep the Asia-Pacific region under its control and maintain its global hegemony by applying military pressure on China, the growing military power in the region, the commentary said.
North Korea also blasted the U.S. for exaggerating threats from the North, claiming U.S. military adventurism poses a grave threat to peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region.
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