North Korea has issued a strong condemnation of the recent deployment of American nuclear-capable bombers in South Korea, declaring that these aircraft will become its “first targets for destruction” in the event of a conflict. The statement, published by the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on Friday, argues that the United States’ military provocations are escalating to a more dangerous stage.
According to the KCNA statement, the deployment of a B-52 Stratofortress strategic bomber in South Korea is an intentional maneuver by the United States to provoke a nuclear war. It highlights that the Korean Peninsula is legally in a state of war and asserts that any strategic assets contributing to the enemy’s territory will be the primary targets for destruction. North Korea views the B-52 deployment as a serious military move of a nuclear preemptive strike aimed at the physical elimination of the country.
The Pentagon staged a prominent demonstration of the B-52 after its arrival in Seoul on Tuesday. The aircraft was showcased through flyovers alongside F-22 and F-16 fighter jets, displaying Washington’s commitment to the stability and security of the Indo-Pacific region. This move also aimed to strengthen military ties with South Korea, as declared by the US Air Force’s Pacific division. President Joe Biden had previously announced plans to enhance the regular visibility of strategic military assets on the peninsula in order to improve deterrence against North Korea.
This latest development follows the dispatch of a nuclear ballistic missile submarine to South Korea earlier this year, marking the first time since 1981. The presence of these strategic military assets has drawn strong condemnation from North Korea, which views them as provocative actions aimed at undermining its security. In response, North Korea codified a new nuclear weapons doctrine into law last September, affirming the irreversible acquisition of nuclear weapons and authorizing their first-use if an enemy attack is deemed imminent.
North Korea has been conducting various missile tests in recent years, asserting that they are purely defensive measures. However, the US, Japan, and South Korea argue that these actions violate international law and contribute to heightened tensions in the region. The deployment of American nuclear-capable bombers in South Korea further exacerbates these tensions and raises concerns about the potential for a military conflict on the Korean Peninsula.
As the situation continues to evolve, it is crucial for all parties involved to exercise restraint and seek diplomatic solutions. Dialogue and negotiations are the most effective means of addressing the underlying issues and fostering stability in the region. The international community must work together to find peaceful resolutions that ensure the security and well-being of all countries involved and prevent the escalation of tensions into a full-blown conflict.