N. Korea media urges US to withdraw troops from S. Korea

TEHRAN, Aug. 15 (MNA) – North Korean media on Saturday urged South Korea and the United States to stop their joint military exercise and pull American troops out of the South if the South wants peace on the peninsula.

Tongil Sinbo, a North Korean weekly, renewed the call in a commentary, denouncing the military drill as "an exercise taking place under the collusion with foreign forces," Yonhap News Agency has reported.

The commentary came as the North has ramped up its criticism over the allies' annual military exercise and renewed the demand for the withdrawal of the 28,500 US Forces Korea stationed in the South in recent statements by its leadership.

Early this month, Kim Yo-jong, the powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, warned the drills would dampen the conciliatory mood created in the wake of the restoration of the communication lines, saying that it is "imperative for the US to withdraw its aggression troops and war hardware deployed in South Korea."

Kim Yong-chol, head of the North's United Front Department, vowed to make South Korea and the US "pay dearly" for kicking off their summertime exercise this month.

North Korea has long denounced Seoul and Washington's military drills as a rehearsal for an invasion of the North. 

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