North Korea says missile tests were practice for ‘mercilessly’ targeting key South Korean and US targets
North Korean military officials confirmed on Monday that their recent missile tests were intended as practice for “mercilessly” targeting South Korean and US targets as the East Asian country signals its intention to attack military bases and operational command systems.
Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) escalated geopolitical tensions firing dozens of missiles into the sea last week in defiance of recent US-South Korean air force exercises. The DPRK’s missile tests have prompted evacuations in some Japanese and South Korean areas.
“The recent corresponding military operations by the Korean People’s Army are (North Korea’s) clear response that the more persistently the enemy’s provocative military moves continue, the more thoroughly and ruthlessly the KPA will counter them,” the North’s General Staff said. the army said in a statement carried by state media.
Military officials of the Korean People’s Army (KPA) confirmed that one of the missiles tested had a special functional warhead that was tasked with “paralyzing the operational command system of the enemy”.
The military announcement reflects Kim Jong Un’s determination not to back down from US and South Korean forces. Two countries issued a joint statement on Thursday, warning that any nuclear attack would potentially end Kim’s rule.
“Any nuclear attack against the United States or its allies and partners, including the use of non-strategic nuclear weapons, is unacceptable and will result in the end of the Kim regime,” South Korean Defense Minister Jong-Sup Lee said.
North Korea’s military did not mention any intention to strike the US mainland on Monday. Almost all North Korean missiles fired last week were likely short-range and nuclear-capable weapons, putting US military bases in South Korea within striking range, according to experts.
“The General Staff of the KPA once again clarifies that it will continue to respond to all hostile war exercises against (North Korea) with continuous, decisive and overwhelming practical military measures,” the statement said.
Military exercises have been ramped up since South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol took office in May. The conservative leader advocated a tougher stance on North Korean provocations.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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