North Korea said firing two short-range ballistic missiles that fell into the Sea of Japan on Tuesday 14 is a preparation for war.
According to the communist regime’s statement, dictator Kim Jong-un wants to demonstrate that he has the capability to “annihilate the enemy.”
The North Korean state agency, KCNA, said on Wednesday, 15, that the “commander of the [military] unit must fully fulfill his duty of attack and firepower at all times, further intensifying the training of each company, to effect a training revolution.”
The artifacts are a response to military exercises by the United States and South Korea. Last week, Kim Jong-un ordered the North Korean military to expand combat exercises and prepare for war.
The missile launches on Tuesday coincided with the 11-day joint exercises between South Korean and US forces, named “Freedom Shield 23.”
About 400 soldiers, 50 military equipment, and two Apache helicopters are used for the military exercises by the Americans and the South Koreans.
“We learned a lot from each other and demonstrated our ability to work together as a team,” said US Captain Sean Kasprisin. “We look forward to continuing to train together and building the relationship between the US and Korean forces. We will continue to be ready to fight tonight. We will go together.”
North Korea has condemned the joint exercises as a rehearsal for invasion and proof of the hostile policies of Seoul and Washington.
With information from Revista Oeste