North Korea may consider further US hostility as a declaration of war
Seoul, February 24 – RIA Novosti. Continuing US hostile actions against North Korea, including military exercises and the deployment of strategic weapons on the Korean Peninsula, could be perceived as a declaration of war on North Korea, said Kwon, head of the Department of U.S. Affairs at the North Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Jong-geun, whose statement was published by the North Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
Previously, Japan had requested an extraordinary meeting of the UN Security Council in connection with North Korea’s missile launches on February 18 and 20. The meeting took place on Monday.
The diplomat said that the DPRK found the reality of the debate in the UN Security Council “a sovereign state’s right of self-defense” ugly, protested violently and condemned the convening of the meeting. He noted that the United States and South Korea are holding exercises at the Pentagon on the use of expanded deterrence, essentially a “nuclear war rehearsal” against North Korea, visits to a US nuclear submarine base, and include strategic weapons. in exercises on the Korean Peninsula. Kwon Jong Geun described it as an “unforgivable challenge”, noting that Washington ignored Pyongyang’s position, unilaterally strengthened its military alliance, but denied North Korea’s right to self-defense.
“The only way to break the vicious cycle of escalating military tensions on and around the Korean Peninsula is to take clear and actionable measures, including the US abandoning its commitment to deploy strategic assets in South Korea and ending all joint military exercises against North Korea. “The United States should meddle that its continued hostile and provocative actions against DPRK despite our repeated protests and warnings may be considered a declaration of war against DPRK,” it said.
Kwon Jong-geun also promised “strong countermeasures” against the UNSC if it continues to be a “tool of pressure” and bows to the United States, discussing North Korea’s legitimate right to self-defense rather than condemning US actions.
South Korea, Japan and the United States conducted a missile defense exercise on February 22 in the Sea of Japan on Feb. That same day, South Korea and the United States held an expanded deterrence command and control exercise at the Pentagon and agreed to hold another round soon. Participants in the exercises on Thursday, February 23, were to visit the American nuclear submarine base on the southeast coast of the United States. It was also reported that American strategic bombers participated in joint exercises of the Seoul and Washington Air Forces in February, and that in March an American nuclear aircraft carrier may again come to the Korean Peninsula to participate in the exercises.
The DPRK launched super-large multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) missiles on January 1 and February 20, and the Hwaseong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile on February 18. The rocket was launched along a hinged trajectory, that is, at a vertical angle, reached an altitude of 5768 km, flew 989 km in 4015 seconds and crashed into the Sea of Japan. North Korea described the launch as a “sudden exercise”. This is believed to be the first time Pyongyang has ordered its military to launch a North Korean ICBM without preparation or warning. Also Friday, North Korea said it was holding “strategic cruise missile” launch exercises.
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