The US and South Korea are threatening to ‘abolish’ the Kim regime if North Korea uses nuclear weapons
The US and South Korea issued a joint warning to North Korea on Thursday, warning that any use of nuclear weapons would result in the end of Kim Jong Un’s regime.
North Korea was shooting An unprecedented 23 missiles in one day on Wednesday amid extensive joint air force exercises between the US and South Korea. The Kim regime has also made veiled threats about nuclear weapons in recent days.
“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 at a joint news conference with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Thursday. .
USA and South Korea the armies announced earlier on Thursday the extension of the joint air force exercise. The move came in response to North Korea launching an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and two short-range missiles following Wednesday’s barrage.
South Korean media reported that officials believed the North Korean ICBM had malfunctioned in flight, but did not provide details. Meanwhile, two North Korean short-range ballistic missiles fell into the sea to its east. Japan initially sounded the alarm after tracking suggested the ICBM was about to fly over the island nation, but officials later said they lost track of it mid-flight, according to Reuters.
North Korea has become increasingly aggressive since the US and South Korea began joint military exercises in September. The country also flew 12 warplanes near the border with South Korea in early October. The sortie included eight fighter jets and four bombers. South Korea responded with a flight of 30 warplanes, but the two groups did not engage.
A joint US-South Korean air force exercise, Operation Vigilant Storm, was due to end on Friday but will now be extended into the weekend following the North Korean launch.
The exercise sees allied fighter jets and bombers carry out simulated attacks across South Korea 24 hours a day.
north korea had a failed missile launch in October. The malfunction occurred as the US, South Korea and Japan tried to send a message to the North Korean regime after it launched its own ballistic missile over the island of Japan. US military officials clarified that the warhead of the South Korean missile did not explode, but the propellant caused a large explosion and flame.
There were no injuries, civilian or otherwise, in the incident, and South Korean officials say no buildings were damaged.
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