North Korea continued to attack a perceived weak spot in South Korean politics today, declaring that South Korea and the U.S. already recognize the illegality of the existing Northern Limit Line in the West Sea while strongly objecting to military training exercises going on in the area. The Chosun Central News Agency (KCNA) called the Hoguk exercises a dangerous and sinister plot. The attack on the Hoguk exercises comes after the U.S.-ROK Security Consultative Meeting (SCM) in Washington DC on the 25th, wherein South Korean Minister of National Defense and U.S. Defense Secretary agreed that the NLL is an effective method of preventing inter-Korean tension and declared that U.S.-ROK combined military exercises in the area should be enhanced. Conversely, North Korea called the exercises an ugly conspiracy to build danger in the West Sea around the NLL, a non-existent line that the imperialist American army placed in our sacred waters.
North Korea's rhetoric is a way for Pyeongyang to get the upper hand in any future NLL dialogue with South Korea, especially if a potentially weak left wing president is selected in December's South Korean election.