North Korea adopted deterrence measures for the “offensive use” of elements of war in response to joint military exercises of USA and South Korea that they have scheduled for this coming Monday, as reported by the propaganda agencies of the Kim Jong-un regime.
The measures were agreed at a meeting of the military commission of the North Korean dictator.
“The meeting discussed and adopted important practical steps to make the use of military deterrence more effective, powerful and offensive,” he said. KCNA.
He added that the action aims to “deal with the current situation in which the US-South Korea war provocations reach the red line”, without specifying the magnitude of the measures.
The meeting of the North Korean military body takes place a day before the start of the “Freedom shield” maneuvers of Washington and Seoul, which include a series of “large-scale” field exercises that will last until the next 23 of March.
Pyongyang usually regards these maneuvers as a essay to invade their territory and this time has promised to give “an unprecedented response”.
The last time the allies carried out maneuvers of this magnitude last November, North Korea fired in response more than 30 missiles of different types -one of them intercontinental in scope- in just three days.
The peninsula is experiencing a historic level of tension after 2022 in which Pyongyang which has rejected offers to return to dialogue, carried out a record number of weapons tests and in which the allies once again carried out great maneuvers and deployed strategic assets Americans in the region.
Analysts anticipate that North Korea will use the maneuvers as an excuse to escalate tensions with Washington and Seoul with new missile tests and maybe a nuclear test.
North Korean regime media reported on Friday that Kim Jong-un ordered its armed forces to intensify preparation for a “real war”.
Last week Kim Jong-un and his sister, Kim Yo Jong, criticized the maneuvers of the US Armed Forces, arguing that reserve the right to take “appropriate, prompt, and overwhelming action” in response, while accusing the US of “intentionally” generating tension.
North Korea he warned United States and its allies that it would consider as “a clear declaration of war” the interception of the test missiles that it launches recurrently over the Pacific Ocean.
Pyongyang alleges that its nuclear and weapons programs are self-defense and attacks the military exercises in Washington and Seoul, which it understands as preparations for an eventual invasion.
“It would be seen as a clear declaration of war against the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) in the event of a military response such as the interception of our strategic weapons tests.”, he said in a statement Kim Yo Jongthe powerful sister of leader Kim Jong-un.
(With information from EFE and AFP)
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