June 25, 2012
North Korea has reacted angrily to the use of its flag during live-fire drills by South Korea and the United States, calling it “a grave provocative act.”
The comments from Pyongyang on Sunday came after the allies held military drills last week less than 50 kilometers (30 miles) away from the North Korean border, involving more than 2,000 military personnel.
An unidentified North Korean foreign ministry spokesman accused South Korea and the United States of firing “live bullets and shells” at the flag, according to a report by the state-run Korean Central News Agency.
The act was “the most vivid expression of their hostile policy,” the spokesman said.
The North Korean flag was put on an elevated hill but was not directly used as a target during the exercises, an official for the South Korean Defense Ministry said, declining to be identified.