North Korea justified its missile launches and accused the US of “irresponsible and reckless” acts

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The United States and South Korea have launched their first large-scale air exercise in nearly five years. These movements take place in a context in which it is feared that Kim Jong-un is going to carry out a nuclear test

North Korea justified its missile launches and accused the US of “irresponsible and reckless”

File photo: North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un oversees a missile launch at an undisclosed location in North Korea (KCNA via REUTERS)

The Foreign Ministry of North Koreadenounced this Friday “irresponsible and reckless” acts by the United States and called on Washington to “immediately stop” the combined aerial drills called 'Vigilant Storm'.

In this sense, he warned the Biden Administration that it must cease these military maneuvers “if it does not want a serious situation to occur that harms its own security interests,” according to the news agency KCNA.

The North Korean Foreign Ministry called the US actions “a serious usurpation of the security of a sovereign state and a shameless challenge to the international community's desire for peace and stability on the Korean peninsula and the region.”

“The United States ignored the demands of North Korea and the countries of the region (…) instead, it responded by organizing combined air exercises of aggression under the pretext of deterring and confronting any provocation ”, he has expressed.

In this way, the “hysteria military confrontation of the United States” has come, according to Pyongyang, to “extend the training period, originally scheduled until November 4”, as well as to “convene a meeting of the United Nations Security Council”, another action that has labeled as “provocative”.

North Korea justified its missile launches and accused the US of “irresponsible and reckless”

People watch a TV broadcasting a news report about North Korea firing a ballistic missile off its east coast, in Seoul, South Korea, on November 3, 2022 (REUTERS/Heo Ran)

“The military exercises of the North Korean Armed Forces after the United States initiated the combined aerial drill 'Vigilant Storm', in collusion with its vassal forces, are a reaction and a warning of action in the face of hostile provocations”, has specified .

The United States and South Korea began the first large-scale air exercise in nearly five years on Monday, which It would last until Friday, for which more than 240 planes have been mobilized. These movements take place in a context in which it is feared that Kim Jong-un is going to carry out a nuclear test.

The South Korean authorities have mobilized some 80 fighters this Friday after detecting a large deployment of more than 180 aircraft of the Armed Forces of North Korea at various points in the country and after days of numerous ballistic missile launches.

The South Korean Army has indicated that North Korean planes, including fighters and bombers, have been detected between 11:00 and 15:00 (local time) over various islands and areas of the eastern and western coasts of the Asian country.

In addition, the launch of three other projectiles by the North Korean Armed Forces into the waters of the Sea of ​​Japan, also known as the East Sea, after it launched an intercontinental missile and two short-range missiles that could have the ability to carry nuclear warheads.

With information from Europa Press