N. Korea urges U.S. to stop nuke war practice in S. Korea

SEOUL, Feb. 9 (Yonhap) -- North Korea on Sunday reiterated its call for the United States to scrap its nuclear war practice in South Korea, accusing Washington of trying to launch a nuclear attack on the communist country.

The North's denunciation comes as South Korea and the U.S. are scheduled to stage their annual Key Resolve command post exercise and Foal Eagle field training in late February.

"If the U.S. is sincerely interested in peace and nuclear disarmament, it should not seek its ambition to carry out a pre-emptive nuclear attack against (North Korea)," the North's state-run Rodong Sinmun newspaper said. "The U.S. should immediately suspend its nuclear war practice it is pushing to hold in South Korea."

The newspaper didn't mention what "a nuclear war practice" means, but it was seen as referring to the Key Resolve and Foal Eagle military drills.

Dismissing the North's claim that the drills are a rehearsal for a nuclear war against it, the allies vowed to go ahead with them, saying the drills are defensive in nature.

The Rodong Sinmun further accused Washington of trying to make South Korea and Japan an outpost for its nuclear weapons and start an atomic war on the Korean Peninsula.

Late last month, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe admitted to a secret Tokyo-Washington deal that allows the U.S. to stockpile and transport its nuclear weapons on Japanese soil.

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