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North Korea Slams Japan’s Military Buildup, Vows To Test Nuclear Missile


North Korea laments Japan's military buildup, vows to test nuclear missiles

North Korea has tested an unprecedented number of missiles this year. (File)

Seoul:

North Korea on Tuesday condemned Japan’s military build-up outlined in its new security strategy, calling it a dangerous act and vowing to retaliate, warning of a ballistic missile test. impending transcontinental transmission.

Japan last week announced its biggest military build-up since World War Two as tensions with China and hostile North Korea, and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, raised fears of war.

North Korea’s foreign ministry said Japan has effectively formalized its “pre-emptive strike capability” with a new strategy that will bring a “radical” change to the security environment of East Asia.

The ministry also criticized the United States for “complicating and instigating Japan’s rearmament and re-invasion plans” and said the United States had no right to question North Korea’s defensive capabilities.

“Japan’s foolish act to satisfy its dark intentions, to accumulate weapons for re-invasion, under the pretext that the DPRK exercises its legitimate right to self-defence, can never be justified and tolerance,” the official said in a statement entitled. by North Korea’s KCNA news agency.

The spokesman referred to North Korea by the initials of its official name, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

The spokesman said North Korea would express its displeasure with the move highlighting Japan’s “wrong and very dangerous” decision, warning that “a shiver will soon be felt”.

North Korea has tested an unprecedented number of missiles this year, including an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) designed to reach the US mainland, defying international sanctions.

Several North Korean missiles flew over Japan or landed in waters near Japan, drawing condemnation from a staunch US ally.

COMING TO TEST ICBM?

In a separate statement, Kim Yo Jong, the powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, alluded to a technological advance in the country’s ICBM system, while dismissing questions as to what it was. North Korea says it’s trying to develop a spy satellite.

North Korea fired two intermediate-range ballistic missiles off its east coast on Sunday, calling it a “major” test of the development of a spy satellite it hopes to complete by the end of the year. April.

Experts have cast doubt on North Korea’s level of satellite technology, but Kim Yo Jong mocked them and suggested advances in his country’s missile program, including the development of ICBMs.

North Korea test-fired an ICBM at a steep angle, and analysts say a normal launch angle requires more sophisticated technology to combat the heat generated during re-entry.

“I can clear their doubts about it,” Kim Yo Jong said. “They will immediately recognize it in case we launch the ICBM in a true straight-line way.”

She dismissed any threats of new sanctions.

“At this time, when our right to existence and development is at stake, how can we stop our progress for fear of the sanctions we have already gone through, no,” she said. must be the first time”.

Hours after North Korea’s announcement, the US Air Force sent B-52 strategic bombers and F-22 fighter jets to South Korea for joint exercises with F-35 fighters. and the F-15K, in their latest show of force against North Korea.

The participation of fifth-generation stealth fighters F-22 Raptor, currently stationed in Japan’s Okinawa, is the first since May 2018 when the allies held joint exercises. in Korea.

A spokesman for South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff declined to discuss any indication or possibility of another ICBM test, but said it was monitoring North Korea’s nuclear and missile activities. Tien.

(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from an aggregated feed.)

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