Kim's sister condemns 'treacherous' Seoul over military drills

Kim's statement came as the US and South Korean militaries began their preliminary training Tuesday in the run-up to next week's yearly summertime exercise.By carrying out the drills, Seoul and Washington would "surely face greater security threats", she said, and the North would strengthen its defence and pre-emptive strike capabilities. Seoul and Washington are treaty allies, with the US stationing around 28,500 troops in the South to defend it against its nuclear-armed neighbour. They have previously scaled back their annual joint military exercises significantly to facilitate nuclear talks with Pyongyang. The South's dovish Moon is credited with brokering the first-ever summit between North Korea and a sitting US president, in Singapore in June 2018. But the North largely cut off contact with Seoul following the collapse of a second summit between Kim and then US president Donald Trump in Hanoi that left nuclear talks at a standstill.

Kim's sister condemns 'treacherous' Seoul over military drills

Kim's statement came as the US and South Korean militaries began their preliminary training Tuesday in the run-up to next week's yearly summertime exercise.

By carrying out the drills, Seoul and Washington would "surely face greater security threats", she said, and the North would strengthen its defence and pre-emptive strike capabilities.

Seoul and Washington are treaty allies, with the US stationing around 28,500 troops in the South to defend it against its nuclear-armed neighbour.

They have previously scaled back their annual joint military exercises significantly to facilitate nuclear talks with Pyongyang.

The South's dovish Moon is credited with brokering the first-ever summit between North Korea and a sitting US president, in Singapore in June 2018.

But the North largely cut off contact with Seoul following the collapse of a second summit between Kim and then US president Donald Trump in Hanoi that left nuclear talks at a standstill.