North Korea condemned President Donald Trump’s new, inflated defense budget and accused the U.S. of pursuing aggressive strategies to dominate the Middle East, the latest episode in Pyongyang’s historic opposition to Washington’s plans for the region. A commentary published Wednesday by government newspaper Rodong Sinmun said that Trump’s announcement of a $700 billion defense budget for the fiscal year 2018—nearly $100 billion more than the previous year—is proof that “the U.S. ruling quarters are seized with such megalomania as dominating the world.” As North Korea and the U.S. face off in a months-long nuclear crisis, the outlet said that the massive budget, along with a new permanent U.S. military base in Israel, belied the U.S.’s stated peacekeeping intentions. Related: War in Syria: Assad thanks Iran and North Korea for help in letters to two supreme leaders opposed to U.S. “This is a revelation of the U.S. invariable ambition for dominating the world,” the Rodong Sinmun article read, according to the official Korean Central News Agency. “It is nonsensical for such ringleader of aggression to talk about ‘international peace,'” it added. While North Korea’s state-run media regularly fires off against the U.S.’s ideological position in regards to the Korean Peninsula, where… Read full this story
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