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North Korean foreign minister to forum: US-South Korea drills 'unprecedentedly provocative'

  • Ri Su Yong, Minister for Foreign Affairs of North Korea, listens to a statement, during the Human Rights Council at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Tuesday, March 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Keystone, Salvatore Di Nolfi)

    Ri Su Yong, Minister for Foreign Affairs of North Korea, listens to a statement, during the Human Rights Council at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Tuesday, March 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Keystone, Salvatore Di Nolfi)  (The Associated Press)

  • Ri Su Yong, Minister for Foreign Affairs of North Korea, addresses his statement during the Human Rights Council at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Tuesday, March 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Keystone, Salvatore Di Nolfi)

    Ri Su Yong, Minister for Foreign Affairs of North Korea, addresses his statement during the Human Rights Council at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Tuesday, March 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Keystone, Salvatore Di Nolfi)  (The Associated Press)

North Korea's foreign minister is telling an international disarmament conference that the current round of U.S.-South Korean military drills is "unprecedentedly provocative."

On Monday, North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea as Seoul and Washington launched their annual drills, which will run until the end of April. The drills inevitably lead to strong North Korean comments, although the allies say the drills are purely defensive.

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Su Yong told the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva on Tuesday that the exercises "are unprecedentedly provocative in nature and have especially high possibility of sparking off a war," according to a text of his speech.

Ri is due to address the U.N. Human Rights Council later Tuesday.