North Korea threatens South Korea and US with ‘overwhelming nuclear force’

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“The United States will turn the Korean Peninsula into a huge war arsenal and a more critical war zone” (North Korean statement)

North Korea said on Thursday it was ready to counter US military actions with the “most overwhelming nuclear force”, warning that joint military exercises between the United States and South Korea were pushing up tensions. at an “extreme red line”. Pyongyang said in a statement that it was not interested in any dialogue as long as Washington pursued a hostile policy.

“The military and political situation on the Korean Peninsula and in the region has reached an extreme red line due to reckless military maneuvers and hostile acts by the United States and its vassal forces,” an unnamed spokesperson said. North Korean Foreign Ministry. The statement comes in response to comments by US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, who said in Seoul on Tuesday that the US would increase its deployment of advanced military assets to the Korean Peninsula, including fighter jets and aircraft carriers. .

“This is a clear expression of the dangerous US scenario that will result in the Korean Peninsula becoming a huge war arsenal and a more critical war zone,” the North Korean statement said.

South Korea’s security concerns have grown since Pyongyang test-fired dozens of missiles in 2022, including potentially nuclear-capable missiles designed to strike targets in South Korea and on the American continent. For decades, North Korea has portrayed combined U.S. and South Korean military drills as rehearsals for a potential invasion, though allies have called the drills defensive.

Source: i24 News