North Korea Responds to Failed US Missile Test, Warns of Overwhelming Response
North Korea has strongly criticized the United States for its failed intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test, warning of a powerful and decisive retaliation to what it calls provocative and reckless actions by the US military on the Korean peninsula. The state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) carried the North Korean response on Friday, in which Pyongyang condemned the unsuccessful missile launch by the US military earlier in the week.
The US Air Force had to shoot down the missile mid-flight due to an unspecified anomaly. In its statement, North Korea labeled the recent and ongoing anti-DPRK military movements by the United States as extremely provocative and reckless, which only serve to increase military tension in the region. The statement also emphasized that North Korea is prepared to deliver an immediate, overwhelming, and decisive response.
Furthermore, North Korea criticized the recent deployment of nuclear-capable B-52 bombers to South Korea by the United States, describing it as a dangerous attempt to achieve military hegemony. The North Korean statement warned of the nuclear threat posed by the US, stating that it was approaching a new danger line. It asserted that the development of North Korea’s atomic arsenal is an exercise of its right to self-defense.
This latest exchange between North Korea and the US comes in the context of increased military activities in the region. Earlier this week, the US conducted a Minuteman III ICBM test to demonstrate the redundancy and reliability of its strategic deterrent system and to assure its allies. While the test was unsuccessful, the US military emphasized that it provided vital data and contributes to the continued reliability and accuracy of its aging Minuteman III system.
President Joe Biden has previously stated that the US would enhance the regular visibility of its strategic military assets on the Korean peninsula to strengthen deterrence against North Korea. As part of this effort, the US recently dispatched a nuclear ballistic missile submarine to South Korea for the first time in decades, drawing strong condemnation from North Korea.
Pyongyang had already codified a new nuclear weapons doctrine into law last September, declaring that its possession of nuclear weapons is irreversible. It also authorized the first use of nuclear weapons if an enemy attack is deemed imminent.
Since President Biden took office, North Korea has ramped up its own missile tests, citing the US-South Korean military drills as a provocation. The international community, including the US and its allies, has repeatedly criticized these tests as illegal and provocative.
The tense situation on the Korean peninsula underscores the ongoing challenges in achieving peace and security in the region. Both North Korea and the US have exchanged strong rhetoric and engaged in military maneuvers, heightening tensions. Diplomatic efforts and dialogue remain crucial to de-escalate the situation and find lasting solutions to the underlying issues.