SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Saturday said leader Kim Jong Un attended a flight demonstration of military aircraft at an airfield on the country’s eastern coast where he instructed combat pilots to acquire “great idea and tactics” against enemies “armed to the teeth.”
The report from Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency followed a slew of statements expressing anger at planned U.S.-South Korea military drills that the North says could derail its nuclear negotiations with Washington.
Currently on a visit to South Korea, U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper told reporters on Friday that the allies could possibly modify the joint aerial exercises to create space for diplomacy.
Negotiations have faltered since a February summit between Kim and President Donald Trump in Vietnam, which broke down after the U.S. rejected North Korean demands for broad sanctions relief in exchange for a partial surrender of its nuclear capabilities.
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