North Korea claimed on Monday, October 10, to have simulated attacks “nuclear tactic” for the past two weeks, personally supervised by leader Kim Jong-un, in response to the “military threat” raised according to her by the United States and its allies.
The regime has launched seven ballistic missiles since the end of September. One of these projectiles flew over Japan, which has not happened since 2017. And the international community hopes that Pyongyang will carry out a nuclear test soon, 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 held extensive naval and air exercises around the Korean peninsula in recent weeks, including the deployment of the US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. USSRonald Reagan. But these maneuvers are seen by North Korea as a dress rehearsal for an invasion of its territory.
“Korean People’s Army Units (APC) responsible for the use of tactical nuclear weapons organized military exercises from September 25 to October 9 in order to verify and evaluate the country’s deterrence and counterattack capacity “North Korea’s official KCNA news agency said on Monday. These tests were “the simulation of a real war”, she added. Still according to KCNA, the exercises consisted in particular of a “Tactical Simulation of Nuclear Warhead Loading” aboard a missile that was later launched from a silo under an artificial lake in the country’s northwest on September 25.
Other tests carried out in the following days consisted, among other things, in simulating the “airport neutralization” in South Korea, the “Strikes from the main command centers” Y “of the main ports of the enemies”according to KCNA.
As for the projectile that flew over Japan on October 4, it was a “new type of intermediate-range surface-to-surface ballistic missile”the agency said. She traveled 4,500 kilometers before falling into the Pacific, which experts believe was the longest distance yet for a North Korean projectile in a test.
KCNA justified these exercises by the joint military exercises of the United States and South Korea, “regrettable attitude that further aggravates tension in the region while openly constituting a military threat” for North Korea, he said. Kim Jong Un “led the exercises on site”said the agency, which published numerous photos of the leader and the missile launches on Monday.
While North Korea’s disarmament talks have long been stalled, Pyongyang, under numerous UN Security Council sanctions, has stepped up its weapons tests since the beginning of the year.
Many experts and officials also believe that the country has completed preparations for a new nuclear test, which would be the seventh in its history and the first since 2017. During a giant military parade in late April in Pyongyang, Kim Jong-un vowed to develop the country’s nuclear forces “as fast as possible”.
And in late September, the North Korean regime adopted a new doctrine that asserted that the country’s nuclear power status was “irreversible”. “They are looking for a tactical nuclear weapon, that is for sure”estimated Ankit Panda, a security analyst in the United States, who “suspects they will gradually nuclearize many of their new short-range missiles”.
The fact that North Korea has described its seven recent missile launches as linked to “tactical nuclear operations units” is significant, this analyst added. “It’s interesting because it includes everything from short-range ballistic missiles to IRBMs. [à portée intermédiaire] », he tweeted. North Korea also claimed to have carried out “a full-scale combined airstrike simulation” implying “over 150 planes”and also supervised by Kim Jong-un.
On Thursday, South Korea said it had launched 30 of its fighter jets after spotting 12 North Korean planes flying in formation and conducting firing exercises near the inter-Korean border. “Kim probably wants to tell the United States and South Korea that any show of solidarity and preparation for an alliance will be in vain.”Soo Kim, an analyst at the Rand Corporation, told AFP. According to this expert, “We probably won’t see North Korea back down anytime soon, and there’s every reason to believe the allies won’t give in easily this time around, either.”.