March 20 (LatestNewsX.com) : Kim Jong Un, the leader of North Korea, has called for the readiness of nuclear attacks against the United States and South Korea in order to deter any possibility of war. He accuses both countries of expanding joint military drills involving American nuclear assets, and state media outlet KCNA has reported the news on Monday.
North Korea conducted military exercises over the course of two days, simulating a nuclear counterattack. KCNA reported that the drills were aimed at bolstering its war deterrence and nuclear counterattack capability, sending strong warnings to the allies.
A ballistic missile was fired during the exercises and flew 800 km before hitting a target at an altitude of 800 m. The missile was equipped with a mock nuclear warhead, and the scenario played out was that of a tactical nuclear attack. During the exercise, it was found that the missile had a malfunction and failed to detonate the mock nuclear warhead.
Kim Jong Un was pleased with the recent tactical nuclear drills. The exercises were designed to help units get used to carrying out their nuclear attack missions, and Kim highlighted the need to be prepared for any possible nuclear retaliation.
The current situation calls for the DPRK to increase its nuclear war deterrence significantly, according to the leader.
These drills were the fourth show of force from Pyongyang in a week, coming as South Korea and the United States stage their own military maneuvers known as Freedom Shield. This is the largest such exercise in five years, according to AFP.
According to North Korea’s official news agency, nearly 1.4 million North Koreans have volunteered to fight against South Korea and the United States. This number is up from 800,000 reported by a state newspaper just two days before.