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North Korea has doubled down on its criticism of a senior South Korean official threatening to launch a “preemptive strike” final week, clarifying that it’s ready to make use of its nuclear capabilities on South Korea, ought to such an assault happen.
Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and an authoritative determine in its authorities, repeated her criticism of the thought, calling it “a serious mistake,” North Korean information company KCNA Watch reported.
“It was a serious mistake,” Kim mentioned in a press release, referencing the preemptive strike, in accordance with the report.
North Korea wouldn’t strike its southern neighbor except provoked as South Korea isn’t their “principal enemy,” she added.
“In other words, the south Korean [sic – the news release repeatedly lower-cases the “s” in “South Korea”] army will not be a target of our attack unless it takes any military action against our state. If the armies of both sides fight each other, the whole of the Korean nation will suffer disasters more horrible than it suffered half a century ago, apart from who wins and who loses in the war or battle,” Kim mentioned, KCNA Watch reported.
Kim mentioned North Korea opposes warfare however clarified that South Korea would make itself “the target of attack” ought to it transfer towards North Korea, in accordance with the report.
“In case south Korea adopts military confrontation against us, our nuclear combat forces are inevitably obliged to carry out its mission,” she mentioned, through KCNA Watch. “If the situation develops to such an extent, terrible attack would be mounted and the south Korean army would have no other choice but to suffer [a] tragic lot of extermination.”
The senior official’s feedback echo her remarks from Sunday when she threatened retaliation over the remark.
“The senseless and scum-like guy dare mention a ‘preemptive strike’ at a nuclear weapons state,” Kim mentioned on the time.
Kim clarified that her newest feedback are “not a threat” however “a detailed explanation of our counteraction against possible reckless military action of south Korea.”
“We definitely clarify once again that we won’t fire any single shot at south Korea as we do not regard it as the opponent of our armed forces,” she concluded, in accordance with the report.
Kim’s remark, in addition to the “preemptive strike” remark from a South Korean official, got here after stories of North Korea revamping and persevering with its missile launch capabilities.