A day after testing an intercontinental missile, the North Korean leader has said he will respond to ”full confrontation with full confrontation”
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An intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) is launched in this undated photo released on November 19, 2022 by the North Korean Central News Agency (KCNA via REUTERS)
North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un threatened the West with the use of nuclear weapons, the state news agency KCNA reported on Saturday, a day after Pyongyang fired a new intercontinental ballistic missile.
Kim said Pyongyang would “resolutely react to nuclear weapons with nuclear weapons and to full confrontation with full confrontation,” he said the KCNA report, adding that Kim personally supervised the launch of the missile.
The country tested an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on Friday shortly after warning about “ fiercer military responses” to Washington to bolster its regional security presence.
Attending the scene with his daughter and wife, Kim said threats from the United States and its allies pursuing a hostile policy prompted his country to “substantially accelerate the strengthening of its overwhelming nuclear deterrent.”
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un walks away from an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in this undated photo released on November 19, 2022 (KCNA via REUTERS)
“Kim Jong Un solemnly declared that if enemies continue to pose threats… our party and government will resolutely react to nuclear weapons with nuclear weapons,” the official KCNA” news agency said.
North Korea fired a short-range ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan on Thursday, just hours after that the North Korean foreign minister threatened to “give a fiercer response” to US moves to strengthen its deterrent power in the Korean Peninsula.
“Our military captured a short-range ballistic missile launched by North Korea into the East Sea (named for the Sea of Japan in the two Koreas) from Wonsan, Gangwon province, at around 10:48 local time on Thursday, November 17,” reported the State South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) in a statement.
This release coincides with the visit of the President of the Spanish government, Pedro Sánchez, to neighboring South Korea and comes after the Kim Jong-un regime fired thirty missiles in early November in response to large air maneuvers by Seoul and Washington, which has increased tension in the region.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, with his wife Ri Sol Ju in the background, reacts on the day of the launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (KCNA via REUTERS)
The essay also comes just hours after the North Korean foreign minister, Choe Son-hui, warned of taking more ferocious” military actions against United States and its allies following dialogue with Japan and South Korea.
Last Sunday the leaders of the three countries, Yoon Suk-yeol, Fumio Kishida, and Joe Biden, agreed to take “decisive action” to achieve the complete denuclearization of North Korea and exhibited their commitment to strengthen the so-called “extended deterrence”.
Extended or extended deterrence consists of the dispatch of US strategic assets to and around the Korean Peninsula in a “coordinated manner and when necessary” based on the actions of the northern regime.
< p class="paragraph">The tension on the peninsula is reaching unprecedented levels in the face of repeated tests of North Korean weapons, allied maneuvers and the possibility that, perhaps and as the satellites indicate, the Kim Jong-un regime is ready to carry out its first nuclear test since 2017.
(With information from AFP, EFE and Reuters)
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