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DPRK protests against U.S.-S. Korean military exercises

(Xinhua)

08:18, March 05, 2012

People attend a large scale of assembly at the Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, capital of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), March 4, 2012. DPRK on Sunday strongly protested against the ongoing joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises as the country was still overwhelmed by the loss of its leader Kim Jong Il. (Xinhua/Zhang Li)

PYONGYANG, March 4 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Sunday strongly protested against the ongoing joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises as the country was still overwhelmed by the loss of its leader Kim Jong Il.

The Lee Myung Bak government again "committed the gravest provocation" contrary to the desire and wishes of the Korean people and the world people for peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula, said a spokesman for the DPRK Foreign Ministry in a statement.

The war exercises which were staged during the period of mourning over the great loss to the nation hurt the dignity of the DPRK leadership and touched off the towering anger of its army and people, the statement said.

The DPRK army and people will "mete out a merciless punishment of their own style to the Lee Myung Bak government," it added.

South Korea and the United States started the two-month joint air, ground and naval military drills, code-named Foal Eagle, in South Korea last week. The two countries claimed they were routine exercises.

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