North Korea has expressed strong criticism and vowed to take “offensive” measures in response to what it perceives as military threats from the United States and its allies, following the recent visit of top US defense officials to South Korea, as reported by state media.
A representative for North Korea’s military ministry directly criticized the United States for raising regional tensions in a statement made public by the KCNA news agency.
The statement specifically mentioned US Secretary of military Lloyd Austin’s visit to Seoul this week.
The North Korean armed forces have emphasized their determination to handle any threats to their national security and interests effectively.
They have expressed their commitment to enhancing their offensive capabilities, implementing powerful counteractions, and employing visible strategic deterrent military actions.
The official designation of North Korea is the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, known as DPRK.
During Austin’s visit, South Korea and the United States revised a bilateral security agreement to deter North Korea’s advancing nuclear and missile threats.
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South Korea’s defense ministry argued that the revision was necessary due to the rapid advancements in North Korea’s missile and nuclear programs.
North Korea has consistently accused the United States and its allies of exacerbating military tensions on the Korean peninsula, pointing to large-scale military exercises and the increased presence of US strategic assets in the region as contributing factors.
This week, the Pentagon announced its approval of a potential sale of Sidewinder missiles and the Standard Missile 6 Block I to South Korea, citing an improvement in the security of its key ally.
The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency stated that the proposed sale would enhance the Republic of Korea’s capabilities to address current and future threats while improving interoperability with the United States and other allies.
Secretary Austin’s visit to South Korea followed US Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s trip to the same region the previous week.
In these consecutive visits, both top US officials aimed to provide reassurances regarding Washington’s commitment to the Asia-Pacific region while expressing concerns about the growing ties between Russia and North Korea.
Despite denials of arms deals, North Korea and Russia have pledged closer military cooperation following their September summit.
South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin and Japanese counterpart Yoko Kamikawa held talks in San Francisco on Tuesday to address the North Korean nuclear threat, reiterating their commitment to continued cooperation.
Diplomatic attempts are being made to moderate tensions and promote calm in the area, but the situation on the Korean peninsula is still delicate and complicated.
The statements and actions of all parties involved will continue to be closely monitored on the global stage.
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