South Korea warned Kim Jong-un that a nuclear attack would mean the end of his regime

Kim Jong-un watches as the Hwasong-18 intercontinental ballistic missile is launched in North Korea (KCNA via REUTERS) (KCNA/)

The South Korean Defense Ministry has warned its northern neighbor on Friday that launching a nuclear attack could mean its “end”, after Pyongyang assured that the presence of a US nuclear submarine in South Korean waters could spark a conflict.

“In the event of any North Korean nuclear strike against the US-South Korea alliance, it will face an immediate, overwhelming and decisive response from the alliance.”has indicated the Ministry of Defense, which has stressed that any aggression will mean “the end of the regime” of Pyongyang.

The arrival of a US nuclear submarine in South Korea on Tuesday was not to the liking of Pyongyang, which on Thursday warned that this could trigger the “worst nuclear crisis” yet and accused Washington of committing “blatant nuclear blackmail”.

However, Seoul has defended that it is a “legitimate” defensive measure due to the numerous threats that continually come from its northern neighbor, which it has reminded of its “clear” violations of the resolutions of the United Nations Security Councilaccording to the agency yonhap.

“North Korea will never get any concessions from the South Korea-United States alliance as long as it continues to threaten and develop its nuclear program,” says Seoul, which urges Pyongyang to recognize that if it continues to maintain this position “its isolation and misery” will deepen.

Tensions on the Korean peninsula have not stopped rising significantly in recent times. On July 12, Pyongyang fired an intercontinental ballistic missile and more recently, this week, two short-range ballistic missiles have been launched.

Added to this is the case of the American soldier Travis Kingdeployed in South Korea, who crossed the border voluntarily and without any authorization this week, for which he has been detained and nothing else is known.

The USS Kentucky ballistic missile submarine is anchored at the Busan naval base, in Busan, South Korea, on July 19, 2023. (WOOHAE CHO/Pool via REUTERS)
The USS Kentucky ballistic missile submarine is anchored at the Busan naval base, in Busan, South Korea, on July 19, 2023 (WOOHAE CHO/Pool via REUTERS) (POOL/)

The North Korean regime said on Thursday that the current port visit of a american submarine with nuclear weapons to South Korea “may qualify” for Pyongyang use nuclear weaponsaccording to his defense minister.

Relations between the two Koreas are at one of their lowest points, with the stalled diplomacy and the North Korean leader, kim jong uncalling for further weapons development, including tactical nuclear weapons.

“I remind the US military of the fact that the increasing visibility of the deployment of the strategic nuclear submarine and other strategic assets may fall under the conditions of the use of nuclear weapons specified in the DPRK law on nuclear force policy,” said Pyongyang’s defense minister, kang sun namit’s a statement.

The South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeolwhich has tried to boost ties between Seoul and Washington in the face of growing North Korean threats, visited the Ohio-class submarine in the southern port of Busan.

The last time Washington deployed one of its nuclear-capable submarines to South Korea was in 1981.

(With information from Europa Press)

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