N. Korea Furious After US, South Use Flag in Drills

Pyongyang calls move 'politically-motivated provocation'
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jun 25, 2012 2:35 AM CDT
A North Korean flag, top, is seen in the fog as flames rise near a target symbolizing North Korean missile base during the South Korea-US joint military live-fire drills.   (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
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(Newser) – Last week, a North Korean flag appeared during the largest US-South Korea military drills since the Korean War; now Pyongyang is taking the countries to task. "It is an extremely grave military action and politically-motivated provocation to fire live bullets and shells at the flag of a sovereign state without a declaration of war," the North said in a statement. Pyongyang "will further bolster up its nuclear deterrent for self-defense as long as the US ... persists in its hostile policy." The flag wasn't actually hit in the drills, which the South has labeled a warning to the North, the AP notes.

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