North Korea condemns the naval exercises hosted by South Korea aimed at preventing nuclear proliferation.
Kim Sun Kyung, North Korea’s deputy foreign minister, said in a statement that “South Korea and the United States made allegations that are far from reality that the exercises were conducted for the purpose of defense and non-proliferation,” citing the size of the forces and equipment participating in the exercises.
And Kim warned, “If the United States and its affiliated forces try to impose any hostile blockade on North Korea or infringe even a little bit on its inviolable sovereignty, the North Korean armed forces will consider this as a declaration of war on it.”
And Kim Yo Jong, the sister of the North Korean leader, confirmed earlier today that her country is not interested in holding talks with the United States of America, and does not feel the necessity of dialogue with it.
Kim also said, in a statement, that North Korea will continue to respond in a more aggressive manner until they realize that they will not benefit from continuing their hostile policy towards North Korea.
It described “UN Security Council resolutions banning any launch by North Korea using ballistic missile technology as gang-like, wrong, and a violation of North Korea’s right to use space.”
North Korea also informed Japan and the International Maritime Organization last Tuesday of its plan to launch a satellite, despite international criticism that it violates UN Security Council resolutions banning any launch using ballistic missile technology.
The missile launch marked North Korea’s first such provocation since it launched what it said was a Hwasong-18 intercontinental ballistic missile on April 13.
North Korea has also conducted dozens of test launches of missiles since the beginning of 2022. Pyongyang said that North Korea’s military activities were in response to provocations by South Korea and its allies – the United States and Japan.