Recent actions by the United States and South Korea have infuriated South Korea’s northern neighbor.
The US has sent warships and troops into South Korea to carry out various military exercises.
North Korea has suggested these moves to be provocative and has issued a clear warning.
Per Daily Star:
In a statement, North Korea’s Foreign Ministry said: “The Korean People’s Army will reduce the bases of aggression and provocation to ashes with its invincible Hwasong rockets tipped with nuclear warheads and reliably defend the security of the country and its people’s happiness in case the US and the South Korean puppet forces fire even a single bullet at the territory of the DPRK.”
They also seem to be strengthening their commitment to this threat:
Tensions have reached an all-time high with North Korea as Kim Jong-un’s diplomat warned of an “actual war” while speaking at the UN.
These threatening remarks follow recent successful missile tests conducted by the country (per Daily Mail):
Kim hailed it ‘a great event of historic significance’ for the country’s rocket industry.
He also said the ‘whole world will soon witness what eventful significance the great victory won today carries’ and claimed the test marks what will be known as the ‘March 18 revolution’ in the development of the country’s rocket industry.
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The missile launches may have conflicted with international law:
North Korea is banned by the United Nations from conducting long-range missile tests, but it claims its satellite program is for peaceful use, a claim many in the U.S. and elsewhere believe is questionable.