North Korea Threatens to ‘Develop, Test, and Deploy’ Weapons Against U.S.
North Korea Threatens to ‘Develop, Test, and Deploy’ Weapons Against U.S. by Frances Martel for Breitbart
The communist regime of North Korea launched two short-range projectiles Tuesday after its Foreign Ministry published a scathing statement warning South Korea and the United States that Pyongyang will continue to “develop, test, and deploy” weapons against them.
The projectiles, believed to be missiles that crashed into the Sea of Japan, represent the fourth such launch in two weeks. The Foreign Ministry’s statement is a response to Washington and Seoul launching joint military drills this weekend, the first ever led by a South Korean, not an American, general.
North and South Korea – and, by proxy, China and America – have been in a state of war since 1950. The active period of the Korean War ended with an armistice agreement in 1953, but no party ever signed a peace treaty, which has allowed a continued American presence in Korea and maintained the tense status of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), the official name of the border between the two Koreas.
Last week, following the third missile launch in the past month, President Donald Trump said he was not concerned given that the missiles did not appear to violate U.S. sanctions, though they may run afoul of United Nations rules.
The U.S. and South Korea have postponed and canceled some military exercises during times of dialogue with the North, but have refused to shut down the current drills, which both sides deem necessary to maintain military preparedness given the state of war.
An unnamed North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesperson rejected the legitimacy of any such exercises on Tuesday.
“Despite our repeated warnings, the United States and south Korean authorities have finally started the joint military exercise targeting the DPRK [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea],” the spokesperson said. “This is an undisguised denial and a flagrant violation of June 12 DPRK-U.S. Joint Statement, Panmunjom Declaration and September Pyongyang Joint Declaration, all of which are agreements to establish new DPRK-U.S. relations and build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean peninsula.”