North Korea, Kim threatens to “destroy” the South

It is ready to use its nuclear weapons in a possible military conflict against the United States to thwart any attempt to overthrow the regime. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, making his first public appearance in nearly three weeks, has threatened to “destroy” South Korea, launching one of his strongest rhetorical attacks on Seoul since conservative President Yoon Suk-yeol took office on May 10. Yoon Suk-yeol has pledged a tough stance toward Pyongyang, while vowing that he wants to keep the door open for dialogue.

Speaking at an event marking the 69th anniversary of the armistice that ended the 1950-53 Korean War, the North Korean leader asserted that “US imperialists are pushing South Korean officials into a suicidal conflict with North Korea.” “Once again I make it clear that North Korea is ready for any military confrontation with the United States,” he added.

In recent months, Pyongyang has tested hypersonic missiles and missiles that carry remarkably accurate tactical nuclear warheads, raising alarm in the South because they could reduce the likelihood of Seoul’s military response in the event of an attack.

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