South Korea is set to unveil tougher unilateral sanctions against the North on Tuesday – a move that is likely to draw further threats of retaliation from Pyongyang.
The joint US-South Korea annual war games, which North Korea has denounced as a rehearsal for northward invasion, started on Monday, but their impact on South Korea’s economy will be limited, Jeong said.
“The army and people of the (North) will take military counteraction for preemptive attack so that they may deal merciless deadly blows at the enemies”, the North’s National Defense Commission said.
North Korea has threatened an offensive nuclear strike in response to a joint U.S.-South Korea military exercises which began today.
The North said its enemies “are working with bloodshot eyes to infringe upon the dignity, sovereignty and vital rights” of the country in a statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency.
Russian Federation – which enjoys friendly ties with the reclusive Stalinist regime – had on Friday already voiced “deep concern” after North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un ordered that his country’s nuclear arsenal be readied for pre-emptive use at any time.
The threat comes a week after the Security Council voted to impose an array of sanctions against North Korea because of that nation’s recent nuclear test and missile launch, both of which defied global sanctions.
The threat on Monday was in line with the usual rhetoric it uses to denounce the drills.
These latest contest – alleged Foal Eagle and Key Resolve – will absorb about 300,000 South Korean troops and 15,000 U.S. personnel, the better anytime such operation.
The U.S. and South Korea are set to begin conversations soon regarding the deployment of a U.S.-built anti-ballistic missile system, the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAD) system, to the South, the Pentagon said Monday. In terms of the peninsula’s security, China is deeply concerned and firmly opposed to any trouble-making behaviour on the peninsula’s doorstep. “We urge all sides to keep calm, exercise restraint and not escalate tensions”.
South Korea has been on heightened cyber alert since the nuclear test and the rocket launch. The talks, involving China, North Korea, the US, South Korea, Russia and Japan, stalled in 2008.