SEOUL: North Korea on Monday (Nov 20) denounced the United States’ potential sale of superior weapons to Japan and South Korea, calling it a harmful act that raises stress within the area and brings a brand new arms race, state media reported.
In a press release carried by the KCNA information company, the North’s defence ministry stated Pyongyang will step up measures to ascertain struggle deterrence to answer instability within the area which it stated was brought on by the United States and its allies.
Japan plans to purchase 400 Tomahawk missiles from the United States, a part of its greatest army build-up since World War II. The Pentagon stated on Friday that the US State Department has authorized the potential sale in a deal valued at US$2.35 billion.
The United States has additionally just lately introduced the approval of a potential sale of Sidewinder missiles and the Standard Missile 6 Block I to South Korea.
“We warn that the more the United States profits from indiscriminate arms sales, the more it would have to pay for the security crisis,” North Korea’s assertion stated.
Pyongyang has been criticising what it referred to as “military threats” from the United States and its allies, saying it will show “more offensive and overwhelming counteraction capabilities” in response.
On Wednesday, North Korea stated it had efficiently performed static exams of “new-type high-thrust solid-fuel engines” for intermediate-range ballistic missiles (IRBMs), which it stated have been important for enhancing its army’s strategic offensive capabilities.