North Korea: missiles, nuclear threats… Tensions are dangerously escalating between the United States and Kim Jong-un

During her visit to South Korea, US Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman warned that any further North Korean nuclear tests would elicit a “swift and strong response”.

For a few days, the tensions enter here North Korea and the UNITED STATES are getting more and more intense.

After sending 8 missiles North Korean ballistic weapons, Sunday June 5, the United States and South Korea responded by launching 8 other missiles the day after.

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But this Tuesday, June 7, relations between Washington and Pyongyang further deteriorated.

US Undersecretary Openly Threatens North Korea

Whereas Wendy Sherman, the U.S. Under Secretary of State, was visiting South Korea, she spoke of a potential new nuclear test North Korean.

US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman said there would be a strong and clear response from the United States, South Korea and the world if North Korea were to conduct a nuclear test https://t.co/m46W5qofrS

— Reuters (@Reuters) June 7, 2022

She warned that if Kim Jong Un engaged in this kind of exercise, that “would be followed by a quick and strong response“, reports Reuters. According to her, it would be “the whole world” who might react “so loud and clear”.

She added, however, that the United States had no “no hostile intent” towards the North Korea. Whatever happens, the US official asserted: “We are ready”.

A show of force that aims to be a deterrent

Beyond the verbal threats of the American Under-Secretary of State, a show of force was realized. The United States and South Korea jointly presented their air power.

South Korea and the United States staged a joint air power demonstration during a visit by US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, who said there would be a strong and clear response if North Korea were to conduct a nuclear test https://t.co /fwLGGmw3oD pic.twitter.com/KbA0jrvuIZ

— Reuters (@Reuters) June 7, 2022

More 20 combat aircraft paraded in the sky off the South Korean coast. Planes F-35Aconsidered the most modern combat aircraft in the world, were also present.

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A statement from thesouth korean army explained that the two countries had “demonstrated their strong ability and determination to to hit quickly and accurately any North Korean provocation“.

North Korea could conduct a nuclear test-US emissary at any time

North Korea could carry out a seventh nuclear test “at any time” and has shown no intention of resuming negotiations, US special envoy for North Korea Sung Kim said on Tuesday, highlighting the recent increase in missile tests conducted by Pyongyang.

During a conference call with reporters, Sung Kim noted that North Korean officials have used rhetoric this year suggesting that Pyongyang plans to use tactical nuclear weapons. He recalled that Washington was expecting a new North Korean nuclear test, without being able to decide on the possible timetable for such a test. “On the schedule, I have nothing more. They have clearly made the preparations (…) They could carry out a test anytime“, said from Jakarta the one who is also the ambassador of the United States in Indonesia.

“North Korea has now launched 31 ballistic missiles in 2022, the most ballistic missiles ever launched in a single year, surpassing the previous record of 25 in 2019. And it’s only June.”, added Sung Kim. The special envoy stressed Washington’s willingness to use diplomacy, without preconditions for negotiations with Pyongyang. However, he said, North Korea has so far “shown no indication that it is interested” in talks.

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