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| 8 December 2023, Friday |

North Korea vows more aggressive response to US ‘evolving military threats’

On Thursday, North Korea voiced criticism regarding the recent visit of senior US defense officials to South Korea and pledged further “offensive” responses in response to what it labeled as military threats from the United States and its allies, as reported by state media.
In a statement carried by the KCNA news agency, a spokesperson for the North’s defence ministry blamed the United States for raising tensions in the region, referring to US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin’s Seoul visit this week.

“The armed forces of the DPRK will strongly control and manage all threats to its national security and interests with more offensive and overwhelming counteraction capabilities and through visible strategic deterrent military actions,” the statement said.

DPRK are the initials of the North’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

During Austin’s visit, South Korea and the United States revised a bilateral security agreement aimed at deterring North Korea’s advancing nuclear and missile threats.

South Korea’s defence ministry said the revision was necessary because the existing strategy did not adequately address rapid advancements in North Korea’s missile and nuclear programs.

North Korea has said the United States and its allies were responsible for aggravating military tensions on the Korean peninsula, citing their large-scale military drills and the increased presence of US strategic assets in the region.

Austin’s visit followed US Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s trip to South Korea last week. In their back-to-back visits, the top US officials sought to provide reassurances on Washington’s commitment to the region, while voicing concerns over growing Russia-North Korea ties.

North Korea and Russia have denied any arms deals, though their leaders pledged closer military cooperation at their September summit.

On Tuesday, South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin held talks with his Japanese counterpart, Yoko Kamikawa, in San Francisco and agreed to continue cooperation to address North Korea’s nuclear threats, Seoul’s foreign ministry said.

 

 

    Source:
  • alarabiya