North Korea says it conducted ‘nuclear tactical’ exercises, first in five years

Seven ballistic missile launches have taken place in the last two weeks. One of these projectiles flew over Japan for the first time since 2017.

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North Korea claimed on Monday, October 10, to have simulated attacks “nuclear tactic” the last two weeks. Personally supervised by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, these shootings are presented as responses to the “military threat” posed, according to Pyongyang, by the United States and its allies.

Seven ballistic missile launches have taken place in the last two weeks. One of these projectiles flew over Japan for the first time since 2017. The international community hopes that North Korea will soon carry out a nuclear test, which would also be the first in five years.

Faced with this growing threat, the United States, South Korea and Japan have intensified their military cooperation. The three countries have carried out extensive naval and air exercises around the Korean peninsula in recent weeks, including the deployment of the US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan. But these maneuvers are seen by North Korea as a dress rehearsal for an invasion of its territory.

In response, “Korea People’s Army (KPA) units responsible for the use of tactical nuclear weapons conducted military exercises from September 25 to October 9 to test and evaluate the country’s nuclear deterrence and counterattack capability.”, the official KCNA news agency said on Monday. These ballistic missile launch tests were “the simulation of a real war”she added.

Still according to KCNA, the exercises consisted in particular of a “Nuclear Warhead Tactical Load Simulation” aboard a missile that was later launched from a silo under an artificial lake in the country’s northwest on September 25.

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