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North Korea's military said on Monday that recent South Korea-US military exercises were an "open provocation and dangerous war drill," and it had responded with measures simulating striking their air bases and warplanes, Reuters reported, citing North Korea’s official news agency KCNA.

Last week, North Korea test-fired multiple missiles, including a possible failed intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and hundreds of artillery shells into the sea, as South Korea and the United States carried out six-day air drills until Saturday.

The North's military said on Monday the "Vigilant Storm" exercises were an "open provocation aimed at intentionally escalating the tension" and "a dangerous war drill of very high aggressive nature."

The North's army said it had conducted activities simulating various attacks on their air bases and aircraft, as well as a major South Korean city, to "smash the enemies' persistent war hysteria"

It confirmed firing two apparently nuclear-capable "strategic" cruise missiles on November 2.

Tensions have escalated between North and South Korea after a series of ballistic missile tests that North Korea has conducted in recent weeks.

At the end of October, the two countries exchanged warning shots along their disputed western sea boundary.

A month earlier, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un oversaw the launch of two long-range strategic cruise missiles.

North Korea has tested dozens of ballistic weapons in 2022, including its first intercontinental ballistic missiles since 2017, as it continues to expand its military capabilities amid a prolonged stalemate in nuclear diplomacy.