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North Korea has stepped up its condemnation of the joint military drills between South Korea and the United States, threatening to retaliate if the exercises continue.
The newspaper of North Korea's Workers' Party, the Rodong Sinmun, on Saturday accused Seoul of shifting the responsibility of raising tensions on the peninsula after South Korea said the drills, dubbed Ulchi Freedom Guardian, were purely defensive in nature.
It also said Pyongyang does not make empty threats and would consider a physical response if it deems one necessary.
The paper added that North Korea's sincere efforts to end inter-Korean hostilities had been ignored by Seoul and Washington.
The computer-assisted UFG simulation exercises are designed to train South Korean and U.S. forces how to deal with a range of current and future threats to the South.
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