The United States and South Korea say the exercises are in self-defence and are necessary to counter the rising threats from North Korea's ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programmes.
Pyongyang’s recent ballistic missile tests were a “clear answer” to Washington and Seoul over their joint exercises last week, and the tests were “corresponding military operations,” North Korea said in a statement.
The World Health Organization has cast doubts on North Korea's reports, saying last month it believed the situation was getting worse, not better, amid an absence of independent data.
The veteran diplomat served as a close aide to Kim Jong Un during nuclear talks with the United States and accompanied the North Korean leader to summits with then US president Donald Trump.
The country reported another large jump in illnesses believed to be Covid-19 and encouraged good health habits as a mass outbreak spreads through its unvaccinated population.
Leader of North Korea Kim Jong-un has said that the country will continue to bolster its nuclear capabilities despite being under biting international sanctions over its nuclear weapons programme.
Ri Chun-hi joined state TV in the early 1970s, when the country was still governed by Kim Il Sung, and she has gradually become the face of the country’s news broadcasts.
Pyongyang's official news agency confirmed the successful launch of two ballistic missiles from a train and plans to set up missile operating systems across the country.
Pyongyang successfully tests a "new type" of Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile, state media KCNA reports.
The missile, called Hwasong-8, performed to its technical specifications "including the guiding maneuverability and the gliding flight characteristics of the detached hypersonic gliding warhead," state media KCNA reports.
The missiles are "a strategic weapon of great significance" and flew 1,500 km before hitting their targets and falling into the country's territorial waters, state media said.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un presided over a video conference meeting of the ruling party's Central Military Commission, where members decided to suspend the military plans. Kim's sister warned last week of military action against the south.
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