March 3, 2020 / 2:23 PM / a month ago

North Korea says recent military drills not meant to threaten anyone: KCNA

FILE PHOTO: Kim Yo Jong, sister of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un and first vice department director of the ruling Workers’ Party’s Central Committee, looks on at the Metropole hotel during the second North Korea-U.S. summit in Hanoi, Vietnam February 28, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis

SEOUL (Reuters) - The sister of North Korea’s leader defended recent military drills in the country, saying they were not meant to threaten anyone, according to a statement carried by state news agency KCNA on Tuesday.

North Korean troops carried out a “strike drill” of two rocket launch systems on Monday, personally overseen by leader Kim Jong Un.

In Tuesday’s statement, Kim’s sister and senior government official Kim Yo Jong, described South Korean criticism of the missile launches as disingenuous.

A recent decision to postpone a joint U.S.-South Korea military drill was made because of worries about the spreading coronavirus, and not because of a desire for peace, she said.

Reporting by Josh Smith, Editing by William Maclean

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