Biden Says Not Discussing Joint Nuclear Exercises with South Korea
No earlier than on Sunday, Kim ordered the development of new nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) and mass production of tactical nuclear weapons as means of, what he called, countering the threat that was posed to his country’s “sovereignty and security” by the US and South Korea.
Also on Sunday, South Korea’s Defense Ministry reacted to his remarks by warning that any attempt by the North at using nuclear weapons would lead to the “end” of Pyongyang.
Throughout the past year, the North launched an unprecedented number of missiles, including its most advanced ICBM ever.
The missile tests took place in sheer defiance of stark warnings issued on an almost daily basis by both the US and South Korea as well as Japan, which Pyongyang refers to as its archenemies.
The three allies claim that the North is advancing its military nuclear program in order to gear up for conducting what would be the country’s seventh nuclear weapon test.