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North Korea Warns Against Shooting Down Its Missiles
North Korea stated in a stern warning to the United States that it would consider any attempt to shoot down one of its test missiles as a declaration of war. The country’s state media, KCNA, reported on Tuesday that Kim Yo Jong, the powerful sister of leader Kim Jong Un, had cautioned the US against taking military action against North Korea’s strategic weapon tests. This warning serves as a clear indication of North Korea’s position in the ongoing conflict between the two nations. Furthermore, it illuminates the rising tensions between the two countries and underscores the possibility of future military action being taken.
Blaming Joint Military Exercises for Tensions
IIn her statement, Kim Yo Jong attributed the rising tensions between the two countries to the joint military exercises that the US was conducting with South Korea. Additionally, she suggested that the North might see any military action taken against the country’s missile tests as a “declaration of war”. This statement further exemplifies the ongoing conflict between North Korea and the United States, which has escalated in recent years.
Threats of More Missile Launches
Kim also hinted that North Korea might fire more missiles into the Pacific Ocean in response to the joint military exercises. She argued that the Pacific Ocean did not belong to the US or Japan, and that Korea had a right to test its strategic weapons in the region. The international community has criticized this claim, with many condemning North Korea’s ongoing development of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. Despite this, North Korea has remained defiant, stating that it will not be deterred in its pursuit of advanced military technology. The country’s continued testing of missiles has raised concerns about the stability of the region, with neighboring countries fearing the potential for conflict to erupt at any moment.
Potential Advantages of Missile Tests
Some analysts have speculated that if North Korea does follow through on its threat to turn the Pacific Ocean into a “firing range,” it could allow the isolated and nuclear-armed state to make technical advances in addition to signaling its military resolve.
Accusations of Aggravation
North Korea’s Foreign News Section at the Foreign Ministry has accused the US of “aggravating” the situation by conducting a joint air drill with a B-52 bomber on Monday and planning US-South Korea field exercises. The two countries will conduct more than 10 days of large-scale military exercises known as the “Freedom Shield” drills starting next week.