North Korea threatened the U.S. and South Korea with preemptive nuclear strike in response to military activity in the Asia-Pacific region. This is stated in the message the Ministry of foreign Affairs of North Korea. “All us military bases in the Pacific, including the island of GUAM will not escape destruction before full and real attack of our army,” – said in a statement.
Another cause of tension between the DPRK and the United States began annual joint exercises between Washington and Seoul called Ulchi Freedom in which now the two countries work out a joint response to the invasion by Pyongyang. In the two-week exercise, according to Agence France-Presse, involved 50 thousand 25 thousand South Korean and U.S. military. The United States and South Korea insist that the teachings are peaceful, however, the DPRK sees these actions as a provocation.
“Our army and our people will not sit idly by in front of the growing nuclear threat and blackmail from the US and will start sharper to sharpen a fair nuclear sword to protect the sovereignty and security,” reads the statement of the DPRK foreign Ministry. – We eliminate the danger of nuclear war posed by the United States, relying on the deterrent power of nuclear forces and defend the security of the region and the world.”
The General staff of the Korean people’s army reports that its border guard units “are fully ready for pre-emptive retaliation for all groups of the enemy.”
“This is the traditional reaction of the North to what they believe to be preparations for aggression – koreamed, Director of the Center of Russian strategy in Asia of the Institute of Economics Georgy Toloraya. – They have a certain inertia. If they voiced such threats earlier and now they will reduce the degree, all interpretiruya it as a sign of weakness, so they have this level of tension support. Of course, no reason for the DPRK to pre-emptively struck and the more used nuclear weapons, which she is in the experimental stage, I do not see, except for the scenario when the North decides that he starts the aggression. That possibility exists, if the American troops will pass the “red line”: for example, if by mistake the plane is lost and will fly into North Korean airspace. It’s just a matter of seconds. In this case, they can take countermeasures, but not for nuclear strikes, and artillery just in opposition.”
Amid growing threats of North Japan, China and South Korea are going to hold trilateral talks in Tokyo. China, which can be called a key North Korean ally, expressed disagreement with the Ulchi Freedom: according to Beijing, the training will make Pyongyang behave “more aggressive” in a difficult period. Recall that the nuclear test in January this year have increased the international isolation of the DPRK and brought the disapproval of even its partners – such as China and Russia.
The South Korean side also reports on the rampant Exodus of North Korean citizens to the South. According to South Korean President Park Geun-Hye, is a signal that North Korea is undergoing a political turmoil that could push the North to military aggression. “It is becoming increasingly likely that North Korea will decide on different attacks and provocations, to stop the internal unrest and prevent further aggravation of desertion,” she said at the meeting of the Council of national security of South Korea.