Earlier, officials in Seoul and Washington said on Thursday that they would cancel the annual air force exercise, Vigilant Ace, and would instead conduct a smaller-scale exercise.
North Korea's Central News Agency (KCNA) quoted a foreign ministry official as saying that the exercise would violate an agreement reached at the first conference between US President Donald Trump and his family. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore in June 2018. The statement stated: "The US move to conduct an exercise that we oppose, at such a sensitive time as the whole world is concerned about the future of US-Korea relations, is just a testimony. demonstrating the true nature of the United States as an empire that undermines peace and safety, and always considers the military a solution to all problems. "
The statement emphasized: "The US announcement of joint exercises only a month after the failure of expert-level negotiations could be interpreted as a confrontation statement against our country."
The annual Vigilant Ace exercise started in 2015, but was canceled in 2018 amid the US-North Korea conduct of denuclearization. After the meeting in Singapore, US and North Korean leaders conducted a second summit in Hanoi, but no agreement was reached. Attempts to resume the U.S.-Korea dialogue are ongoing, but the most recent expert meeting in Stockholm (Sweden) in early October failed.