Pyongyang threatens to destroy US and South Korea

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has ordered the country's military commanders to muster maximum capabilities to destroy the United States and South Korea if they choose a military escalation, state media reported Monday.

Kim pointed out that as a result of the implementation of hostile maneuvers by adversaries, including the United States, the risk of military escalation on the Korean Peninsula is accelerating, which the country must be well prepared to defend itself.

North Korea's Korean Central News Agency quoted Kim as saying, “If they decide to increase their military and fan the flames of conflict, we must gather all effective means to launch a massive offensive and completely destroy them.”

According to South Korea's Yonhap News Agency, during his meeting with senior military leaders at the headquarters of the ruling Workers' Party, Kim provided a detailed analysis of “the critical security situation on the Korean Peninsula that is heading to the brink.” As the days go by the armed escalation and the nature of movements in the military conflict from the side of US and other hostile forces.

He concluded by saying, “If the enemy chooses military escalation and provocations against us, our military must without the slightest hesitation muster all powerful means and capabilities and launch an effective offensive to eliminate them completely.”

Kim's speech comes after the United States significantly intensified its exercises with South Korea last year and deployed more strategic military capabilities, including nuclear-capable submarines, aircraft carriers and aircraft bombers carrying large bombs.

Force readiness

The agency explained that the circumstances indicate an urgent need to enhance the readiness of forces and improve military capabilities to ensure North Korea's security and stability, improve the military's conventional military readiness. Will break in no time.

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The call to boost the country's military readiness follows a pledge made at the end of a five-day ruling Labor Party meeting that ended on Saturday, including strengthening the country's nuclear arsenal and ramping up production of military drones. , additionally launching 3 new dedicated satellites. For spying in 2024.

Last year, North Korea tested its largest ballistic missile and launched its first military spy satellite, which Kim described as a major step forward in modernizing the military.

For his part, South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol pledged on Monday to step up efforts to complete a missile defense system and an expanded US deterrence system.

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