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North Korea threatens a harsh response to the United States’ maneuvers with South Korea

North Korea threatens a harsh response to the United States’ maneuvers with South Korea

A spokesman for the regime in Pyongyang accused the United States of hostile policies. South Korea and the United States conducted joint air exercises on Wednesday

After the United States and South Korea announced new military exercises this year to deter North Korea, the State Department threatened harsh responses. A Pyongyang spokesman accused the United States of pursuing hostile policies. On Thursday, state-controlled media quoted him as saying that they and their allies had put the situation on the Korean peninsula at a “severe red line”.

The spokesman also criticized the statement of the US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin This week in Seoul to once again send US strategic weapons systems such as fighter jets or aircraft carriers to the peninsula. North Korea will show the “strongest response” based on the principle of “nuclear weapons against nuclear weapons and all-out confrontation against all-out confrontation”.

The conflict with North Korea has intensified dramatically since last year. from Kim Jong Un Increased autocratic rule of the country despite the prohibition by United nations.Decisions on the scope and speed of its testing of nuclear-capable missiles. South Korea and the United States have resumed large-scale military exercises.

“Enhancing the capabilities of the alliance”

As announced by the Defense Ministry in Seoul on Thursday, the two countries’ air forces conducted joint exercises off the west coast of South Korea on Wednesday. American B-1B bombers and fighter jets were used by both sides. “The recent Air Force exercises demonstrate the will and ability of the United States to provide a strong and credible deterrence force against the threats posed by North Korean nuclear weapons and missiles.” Through extended deterrence, the United States understands the “full range” of its military capabilities to defend South Korea, including nuclear weapons.

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Austin and fellow South Korean Lee Jong-sub announced in Seoul on Tuesday that they will continue to expand the military exercises. The goal is to strengthen the capabilities of the alliance, including information sharing and joint planning.

(APA)