North Korea said it will deploy new weapons on the South Korean border after the end of the military agreement

South Korean soldiers stand guard at the border village of Panmunjom between South Korea and North Korea (Ryu Seung-Il/ZUMA Wire/dpa) (Ryu Seung-Il/ZUMA Wire/dpa/)

North Korea He said he will send stronger armed forces and new weapons to his border with South Korea.North Korean media reported, after Seoul suspended part of a 2018 military agreement between the two Koreas in protest against Pyongyang’s launch of a spy satellite.

South Korea suspended a clause in the agreement on Wednesday and said it would immediately strengthen military surveillance along the fortified border with North Korea, in reaction to the launch of a North Korean satellite the night before.

In a statement released by the North Korean news agency KCNANorth Korea’s Defense Ministry said it would reinstate all military measures it had suspended under the agreement aimed at reducing tension between the two Koreas.

“We will deploy more powerful armed forces and new military equipment near the military demarcation line,” the statement said. “South Korea will be fully responsible if there is an irrevocable clash between North and South”.

The suspended North-South pact, known as Comprehensive Military Agreementwas signed at a 2018 summit between the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and the then South Korean president Moon Jae-in.

Critics have said the deal weakened Seoul’s ability to monitor North Korea while Pyongyang had breached the agreement.

North Korea’s statement came hours after launched a ballistic missile into the sea east of the Korean Peninsula late Wednesday. The South Korean military said the shot appeared to have missed.

Seoul reported the failed launch of a ballistic missile by Pyongyang (Europa Press/Contact/Str)
Seoul reported the failed launch of a ballistic missile by Pyongyang (Europa Press/Contact/Str) (Europa Press/Contact/Str/)

The launch was North Korea’s first known weapons firing in more than two months.

South Korea, the United States and Japan have strongly condemned the launch of the North Korean satellite because they believe it was aimed at improving the country’s missile technology, as well as establishing a space surveillance system. UN Security Council resolutions prohibit any satellite launches by North Korea, considering them as cover to test its long-range missile technology.

The northern neighbors are trying to confirm whether their satellite launch was successful as claimed and whether the satellite can perform reconnaissance functions.

South Korea’s military said it had assessed that The satellite had entered orbit. But he said he needs more time to verify if it works. Earlier, the Pentagon said it was assessing the success of the launch, while Japan said there had been no confirmation of North Korea’s report that the satellite had entered orbit.

North Korea’s space agency said its satellite Malligyong-1 It was launched into orbit Tuesday night, about 12 minutes after liftoff. Leader Kim Jong Un observed the satellite launch in situ. He later visited the North Korean space agency’s Pyongyang control center, where he was informed that the satellite would officially begin its reconnaissance mission starting December 1, after a fine-tuning period, according to state media.

North Korea’s official Central News Agency reported that Kim was presented with satellite photographs of Anderson Air Force Base, the port of Apra and other US military installations in the US territory of Guam in the Pacific, which, according to He said, they were taken on Wednesday morning.

It did not release the photos and many experts remain skeptical about whether the North Korean satellite is advanced enough to conduct meaningful military reconnaissance.

In December, when North Korea released black-and-white satellite photos of South Korean cities after a test launch, many experts said that the images were too coarse for surveillance purposes. In 2012 and 2016, North Korea launched Earth observation satellites into orbit, but experts say none of them have transmitted images to North Korea.

(With information from Reuters and AP)