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Pyongyang rails against US-South Korea war games

Annual drills 'the most explicit expression of hostilities,' says party mouthpiece

KENICHI YAMADA, Nikkei staff writer | North Korea

SEOUL -- The U.S.-South Korean military exercises scheduled from Monday through Aug. 31 will be like "pouring gasoline on fire," North Korea's ruling party mouthpiece warned Sunday.

The annual maneuvers, called Ulchi Freedom Guardian, are "the most explicit expression of hostilities against us," proclaimed the Rodong Sinmun -- the newspaper of the Workers' Party -- urging Washington to exercise restraint and to not deploy nuclear aircraft carriers and strategic bombers to the Korean Peninsula.

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