North Korean missile tests, saber-rattling test US-South Korean alliance
SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea stepped up its criticism of U.S.-South Korean military exercises on Sunday, warning the drills will have “disastrous consequences” despite allied efforts to scale them back.
It was the latest in a surge of saber-rattling and missile tests as the communist state sets the stage for what is likely to be another tough round of talks with the United States over its nuclear weapons program.
The North has raised the stakes by conducting six weapons tests in less than a month, which experts say may be short-range but could pose a new threat to U.S. military bases and evade defenses in the South.
Despite the rhetoric, Pyongyang has signaled it may return to the negotiating table after joint exercises due to end Tuesday. But experts say it is likely to come with a higher price and hopes of driving a wedge in the longstanding U.S.-South Korean alliance.
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