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N. Korea criticizes S. Korea-U.S. drills in milder tone

- Associated Press - Monday, August 19, 2013

SEOUL — North Korea is criticizing South Korea-U.S. military drills with milder-than-usual language that's seen as a sign of its interest in keeping up diplomacy.

North Korea typically speaks with warlike rhetoric against any South Korea-U.S. exercises because it considers them as a rehearsal for invasion.

But it has not made any harsh statements against the annual Ulchi Freedom Guardian drills the United States and South Korea began Monday.

Pyongyang's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea called the training "big anti-(North Korea) war drills" and warned South Korea could face unspecified consequence.

But Tuesday's warning is not as intimidating as past statements such as threats of nuclear war the country made during springtime drills between the allies.

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