Joint military exercises between South Korea and the United States will be held next week in the American capital.
North Korea on Friday threatened to respond with “unprecedented” force to joint military exercises between the United States and South Korea, describing them as preparations for war.
The two allies will discuss, during these exercises which will take place next week in the American capital, the responses to be made in the event of the use of nuclear weapons by Pyongyang.
If Washington and Seoul implement these drills, “they will face strong and unprecedented countermeasures,” a North Korean foreign ministry spokesperson said in a statement.
Seoul hopes to appease its population, which is increasingly nervous about the North, which has redoubled its efforts in terms of military development over the past year.
Kim Jong Un also said last year that his country’s nuclear power status was ‘irreversible’, and has since carried out regular nuclear tests, including intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launches, despite community sanctions. international.
The joint military exercises between the United States and South Korea infuriate Pyongyang, which sees them as rehearsals for an invasion. Pyongyang’s reaction reflects the importance of the drills, said Yang Moo-jin, a professor at the University of North Korea Studies in Seoul.
These will make it possible to assess the extent to which the American nuclear arsenal will be involved in the deterrence vis-à-vis North Korea, he told AFP.
Source : Le Soir