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North Korea: Kim supervised a first simulation of “nuclear triggering”

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un oversaw the attack. the first military simulation exercise of "nuclear triggering" of the country, in response to US-South Korean air exercises, reported Tuesday the North Korean state agency KCNA.

The exercises tested Pyongyang's “nuclear trigger” management system for the first time, the agency reported, adding that it is a combined control system for the country's nuclear weapons.< /p>

The exercise took place on Monday, according to the agency. The South Korean military announced that day that the North had fired a salvo of short-range ballistic missiles, which Japan confirmed. According to Seoul, the missiles were launched from the Pyongyang region and landed in the waters east of the Korean Peninsula.

Kim Jong Un “led a combined tactical exercise simulating a nuclear counterattack involving very large multiple rocket launchers,” KCNA said. According to the agency, the projectiles “equipped with simulated nuclear warheads” hit their target located 352 km from the launch point.

North Korea: Kim supervised a first simulation of “nuclear triggering”

The leader expressed “his great satisfaction with the result of the exercise”, added the agency.

The exercise made it possible to examine “the reliability of the system of command, management, control and operation of the entire nuclear force” and to ensure that the very large multiple rocket launchers were capable of switching to nuclear counterattack mode, detailed KCNA.

– “Provocative and aggressive” –

According to KCNA, this simulation is a response to the annual US-South Korean air training taking place from April 12 to 26 at the Kunsan base, South Korea. Exercises that North Korea considers “extremely provocative and aggressive” and openly directed against it, the agency said.

In response, the North is obliged to “reinforce its strongest military power more massively and more quickly”, notes KCNA.

The American and South Korean air forces stressed that the annual exercises served to “demonstrate the effectiveness of weapons in the air domain and to strengthen their capacity to deter, defend and defeat any adversary”.

Pyongyang takes a dim view of the joint military maneuvers that the United States, South Korea and Japan regularly organize in the region, seeing them as dress rehearsals before an invasion of its territory or an overthrow of its regime.

North Korea: Kim supervised a first simulation of “nuclear triggering”

North Korean soldiers participate in a simulated nuclear counterattack, April 22, 2024 © KCNA VIA KNS – STR

The Last Shot “is a drill designed for a scenario showing how the Kim regime would respond to a surprise aerial bombardment of Pyongyang by joint U.S.-South Korean air forces,” it said. Han Kwon-hee of the Korean Defense Industry Studies Association told AFP.

“The exercise shows that the response could include nuclear missile retaliation on the South,” he added.

After a record number of nuclear missile tests missiles in 2023, North Korea has carried out several launches since the start of the year. The North Korean regime notably claimed in early April to have tested a new medium-to-long-range solid-fueled hypersonic missile. On Friday, he announced the test of a “very large warhead” designed for a strategic cruise missile.

Pyongyang has been the subject of a series of UN sanctions which were subsequently reinforced several times, and which notably prohibit it from developing ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons.

The regime Kim Jong Un nevertheless continued his banned military programs and, in 2022, declared his status as a nuclear power “irreversible”. It has also considerably hardened its tone against South Korea, now described as the “main enemy” with which any prospect of reunification is in vain.

In March, Russia vetoed in the Security Council a draft resolution extending for one year the mandate of the committee of experts responsible for monitoring the application of these sanctions.

North Korea has recently strengthened its ties with Russia, its traditional ally isolated since the start of the war in Ukraine. Washington and Seoul accuse Pyongyang of delivering weapons to Moscow in exchange for military technologies.

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Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116