Mon. Nov 28th, 2022
North Korea warns the US that its response to allied drill

Tuesday, North Korea’s Foreign Ministry slammed the United States for extending joint military drills with South Korea, which it alleges are preparation for a future invasion, and warned of “stronger follow-up actions.”

In response to North Korea’s heightened weapons tests and rising nuclear threat, the United States and South Korea are conducting aerial maneuvers with more than 200 airplanes, including their powerful F35 fighter fighters.

North Korea warns the US that its response to allied drills

This year, North Korea has launched a record number of ballistic missiles, including intercontinental ballistic missiles under development and an intermediate-range missile launched over Japan. These tests have been accompanied by an escalating nuclear strategy that permits preemptive nuclear strikes in vaguely defined crisis scenarios.

In an attempt to create diplomatic space with Pyongyang and because of the epidemic, the United States and South Korea have restarted large-scale military exercises this year after reducing or postponing them in previous years.

The United States and South Korea’s “Vigilant Storm” air force exercises will continue through Friday after the conclusion of South Korea’s annual 12-day “Hoguk” field exercises, which authorities said also included an unidentified number of American soldiers.

North Korea issued its most recent declaration only days after launching two short-range ballistic missiles into the ocean, increasing its blitz of missile tests since late September. The North has depicted several of these launches as mock nuclear assaults on South Korean and American targets.

North Korea has said that the testing is aimed at the warning in light of the joint military exercises. However, according to some observers, Pyongyang also used the exercises to test new weapons systems, expand its nuclear capabilities, and strengthen its position in future negotiations with Washington and Seoul.

In statements attributed to an unnamed representative, the North Korean Foreign Ministry said that the United States is the “primary perpetrator in shattering peace and security” as a result of the military exercises. It stated the North was ready to take “all necessary measures” to protect against foreign military threats.

“If the United States continues with its grave military provocations, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea will consider more robust retaliatory actions,” the DPRK spokeswoman stated, using the country’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. The statement did not define the potential steps.

North Korea may conduct its first nuclear test since September 2017 in the following weeks, bringing it one step closer to its goal of constructing a full-fledged nuclear arsenal capable of striking regional U.S. allies and the American mainland, according to South Korean authorities.

In recent weeks, North Korea has also launched hundreds of shells into the inter-Korean marine buffer zones created in 2018 to lessen military tensions along the frontlines. North Korea said the shooting was in response to South Korean live-fire border drills. Monday, the Koreas traded warning shots at their disputed western maritime border, a site of previous bloodshed and naval warfare, as they accused one another of crossing the line.

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