US warns that North Korea’s use of nuclear weapons will bring its government to an end
US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced on Thursday that any nuclear attack against the US or its allies “Is unacceptable, and will lead to the end of the Kim regime.” With the US and South Korea holding drills, Pyongyang has launched hundreds of projectiles, including an intercontinental ballistic missile.
Austin made his warning in a joint statement with South Korean Defense Minister Lee Jong-sup, explaining that the US would defend South Korea. “Make full use of the [its] defensive capabilities, including nuclear, conventional, missile and advanced non-nuclear capabilities”.
In the document, released after meeting with Lee, Austin “Note that any nuclear attack against the United States or its Allies and partners, including the use of non-strategic nuclear weapons, is unacceptable and will result in the end of the Kim regime.”
Meanwhile, the US National Defense Strategy, released last week, says that Washington’s strategy towards North Korea “There is no scenario where the Kim regime can use nuclear weapons and survive.”
The armed forces of the United States and South Korea have been participating in joint exercises since Sunday, involving hundreds of aircraft and thousands of combat troops from both countries. North Korea views such drills as a provocation and preparation for invasion.
North Korea, which has stepped up missile testing in recent months, responded to the drills by firing about 100 artillery shells and six ballistic missiles into the sea between the Korean peninsula and Japan on Thursday. Private. The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea also tested an intercontinental ballistic missile on Thursday morning, its first test since 2017.
The US has requested a meeting of the United Nations Security Council in response, and extended the ongoing military exercises beyond their scheduled end on Friday. Pyongyang calls this “Terrible mistake” and a “Irresponsible decision.”
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