Ja Song Nam, the DPRK’s ambassador to the U.N. sent a letter earlier this week to the president of the Security Council protesting the exercise, which is due to begin this weekend and involves thousands of troops in a large-scale computer simulation of a military action on the Korean peninsula.
Calling them “dangerous joint military exercises,” Ja wrote, “The United States-south [sic] Korea joint military exercises, including the ‘Ulji Freedom Guardian’, are by no means annual or routine exercises of a “defensive nature” but are real combat-like nuclear war games of aggression against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.”
“The ‘Ulji Freedom Guardian’ exercises, in particular, are the largest war games in the world. The military forces involved in its size and nature are enough to carry out a full all-out war with a purpose of occupying Pyongyang, capital of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, according to the war scenario drafted by the United States. This clearly shows the aggressive nature of the United States- south Korea joint military exercises against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.”
The letter included a statement from the DPRK’s Foreign Ministry issued earlier this week that protested the exercises.
But Security Council action could be a long time coming.
In his letter, Ja reminds the UNSC president that he asked the council on July 21 to discuss the exercises.
“The Security Council has so far ignored the request of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. This only exposes the partiality and irresponsibility of the Security Council, which is manipulated by the high-handed pressure of the United States, and which is against the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations,” he wrote.