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N. Korea rips the U.S. and S. Korea for holding war games

By the CNN Wire Staff
Anti-war activists hold a rally against a joint anti-submarine exercise, outside the Defence Ministry in Seoul on Monday.
Anti-war activists hold a rally against a joint anti-submarine exercise, outside the Defence Ministry in Seoul on Monday.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The joint anti-submarine military exercises will run through Friday
  • The drills are meant to "send a clear message of deterrence to North Korea," the U.S. says
  • South Korea blames the North for sinking a warship in March, killing 46 sailors
  • North Korea denies sinking the Cheonan and says the U.S. and South Korea are using it as a pretext
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(CNN) -- South Korea and the United States launched joint anti-submarine military exercises on Monday, drawing fire from North Korea.

"The warmongers blustered that they would conduct intensive training of the strategy, technique and procedures for countering someone's submarine infiltration, openly disclosing that the joint naval military exercises are targeted against the DPRK," said the state-run Korean Central News Agency. North Korea is officially called the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Seoul and Washington postponed the exercises earlier this month because of a tropical storm.

The drills, which are to run through Friday, are "designed to send a clear message of deterrence to North Korea," U.S. Forces Korea said.

U.S. officials have said the exercises off the western coast of the Korean peninsula are in response to North Korea's sinking of a South Korean warship in March.

In May, a report from South Korea blamed the North for sinking the Cheonan warship with a torpedo, killing 46 sailors.

North Korea denies sinking the ship and says South Korea and the United States are using it as a pretext to conduct the war games.