PYONGYANG, May 31 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Wednesday blasted the United States and South Korea for planning to extend their joint naval exercises in the East Sea of Korea to the end of June.
According to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), the United States plans to deploy the task force of the Ronald Reagan nuclear carrier from the Yokosuka base to join the strike group of nuclear aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, which is already in the drill, to stage the largest-ever joint exercises of its kind from next month.
The KCNA also said the U.S. forces in South Korea are mobilizing a large amphibious transport to Tokdo for the first time to stage a drill for "removing nukes and WMDs (weapons of mass destruction)" of the DPRK.
"Such moves (come) as a vicious challenge and grave encroachment on the dignity and sovereignty of the DPRK," it added.
Earlier, the DPRK accused the United States of provocation by sending two B-1B nuclear bombers to South Korea earlier this week to stage a bomb-dropping drill.