North Korea to bring ‘unimaginable disaster’ on South Korea if attacked, official says
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North Korea has doubled down on its criticism of a senior South Korean official threatening to launch a “preemptive strike” last week, clarifying that it is prepared to use its nuclear capabilities on South Korea, should such an attack occur.
Kim Yo Jong is the sister of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. She is an authoritative figure in the government and has criticized the idea several times, calling it “a serious error”, North Korean news agency KCNA Watch reported.
” Kim stated that it was a serious error, referring to the preemptive strike.
North Korea would not strike its southern neighbor unless provoked as South Korea is not their “principal enemy,” she added.
This photo distributed by the North Korean government shows what it says is a test-fire of a Hwasong-17 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), at an undisclosed location in North Korea on March 24, 2022.
(Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP, File))
“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. According to KCNA Watch, Kim stated that if the armies from both sides fight, the entire Korean nation will suffer more disasters than it did half a century ago. This is independent of who wins or loses in the war or battle.
Kim said North Korea opposes war but clarified that South Korea would make itself “the target of attack” should it move against North Korea, according to the report.
In this Sept. 19, 2018, file photo, Kim Yo Jong, right, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, helps Kim sign joint statement following the summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the Paekhwawon State Guesthouse in Pyongyang.
(Pyongyang Press Corps Pool via AP)
“In case south Korea adopts military confrontation against us, our nuclear combat forces are inevitably obliged to carry out its mission,” she said, via KCNA Watch. “If the situation escalates to this extent, the south Korean army would be forced to face a terrible attack and would have to die [a]. “
The senior official’s comments echo her remarks from Sunday when she threatened retaliation over the comment.
“The senseless and scum-like guy dare mention a ‘preemptive strike’ at a nuclear weapons state,” Kim said at the time.
Kim Jong Un, North Korean leader, attends a ruling party congress, Pyongyang, North Korea on Thursday. (AP/Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service).
Kim clarified that her latest comments are “not a threat” but “a detailed explanation of our counteraction against possible reckless military action of south Korea.” According to the report, she stated that she would not fire any shot at South Korea because we don’t consider it an opponent of our Armed Forces.
Kim’s comment, as well as the “preemptive strike” comment from a South Korean official, came after reports of North Korea revamping and continuing its missile launch capabilities.
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