North Korea Says U.S.-South Korean Military Exercises Imperil Summit美韩军演来的真不是时候！朝鲜威胁取消“特金会” 时间:2018-05-16 单词数:5250
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North Korea suspended high-level talks with South Korea and threatened to call off a planned U.S.-North Korean summit in June, citing its objections to military exercises being conducted by the U.S. and South Korea.
The North’s official Korean Central News Agency, in a report published early Wednesday in Pyongyang, pointed to the drills involving the South Korean and U.S. air forces as a major concern, calling the maneuvers a rehearsal for invasion.
据韩国半官方新闻机构联合通讯社(Yonhap)报道，朝鲜中央通讯社(Central News Agency)表示，韩美空军进行的军事演习是朝鲜的主要关切，称此举是侵朝演习。
The air exercise is “a deliberate military provocation to the trend of the favorably developing situation on the Korean Peninsula,” North Korea said. “The U.S. will have to think twice about the fate of the DPRK-U.S. summit now on high agenda before a provocative military racket against the DPRK in league with the South Korean authorities.”
Heather Nauert, the State Department spokeswoman, said North Korea hasn’t complained to the U.S. about the current exercise or told American officials, formally or informally, that it might cancel next month’s planned summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
美国国务院发言人希瑟?诺尔特(Heather Nauert)说，朝鲜尚未就当前的美韩军演向美国表示抗议，也没有正式或非正式通知美方官员可能取消美国总统特朗普(Donald Trump)与朝鲜领导人金正恩(Kim Jung Un)下个月预定举行的会晤。
“We are operating under the idea and notion that the president’s meeting is going forward with Chairman Kim next month,” she said. She noted that Mr. Kim had previously told South Korea it understood the need for the exercises and that they had been planned well in advance.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said: “The United States will look at what North Korea has said independently, and continue to coordinate closely with our allies.”
The exercise, named Max Thunder, began Monday and will run until May 25, and there were no imminent plans Tuesday to cancel it, U.S. defense officials said. Comprised of roughly 1,000 U.S. military personnel and 500 South Korean forces, the exercise is designed to test the interoperability of air assets between the two countries. It involves some of the most modern U.S. aircraft like the F-22 and in past years has included about 100 planes from the U.S. and South Korea.
North Korea’s complaint comes weeks after a summit meeting between Mr. Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the inter-Korean demilitarized zone last month, a high point in a monthslong thaw in tensions that began at the beginning of the year, and which included the release last week of three U.S. citizens held by Pyongyang for more than a year.
The North on Wednesday didn’t cancel the planned June 12 summit between Trump and Kim, which is set to take place in Singapore, but said that it would “closely watch the ensuing behavior of the U.S. and the south Korean authorities.”
The high-level talks between North Korea and South Korea that were suspended had been proposed by Pyongyang to take place just hours later on Wednesday on the southern side of the truce village of Panmunjom to discuss follow-up measures to the two Korean leaders’ summit last month.
“The U.S. is persistently clinging to the hostile policy toward the DPRK, misleading the public opinion,” the North said last week through its state media. “Such behavior may result in endangering the security of its own country.”
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