Pyongyang has issued a statement that Kim Jong Un intends to test and develop nuclear weapons and will answer “nuke for nukes” and he had called for “frontal confrontation” against all their enemies.
On Friday North Korea fired an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) towards Japan which landed in their exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
Japan’s coastguard confirmed that launch happened at around 1.20pm GMT time and the joint US-Japan air base issued a “seek cover order.”
The South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), said the ICBM missile flew around 1,000 kilometres (621miles) east and Japan warned that the it could have easily hit the US mainland.
Pyongyang said in a statement, “A new-type intercontinental ballistic missile of the Strategic Force of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea was test-fired on November 18 when the strategy of the Workers’ Party of Korea and the DPRK government on giving top priority to the defence upbuilding is strictly enforced to constantly enhance the super-powerful and absolute nuclear deterrent.
“The test-firing was carried out under the intolerable situation in which the reckless military confrontation of the United States and other hostile forces tenaciously driving the military and political situation of the Korean peninsula to the dangerous line surpasses the limitation and the hypocritical and gangster-like sophistries abusing even the right to self-defence of a sovereign state as provocation are justified even on the stage of the United Nations.
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“The respected Comrade Kim Jong Un, General Secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea and President of the State Affairs of the DPRK, guided the test-firing of the new-type intercontinental ballistic missile on the spot.
“Under the present situation it is necessary to show a clearer action to the United States and its followers including south Korea that the military counteraction against us precisely means self-ruin and a wise option has to be reconsidered to improve the environment for their security.
Kim Jong Un vows to answer "nukes for nukes and frontal confrontation for frontal confrontation," state media say.
Full English statement via Voice of Korea: pic.twitter.com/xxjRVpAbDK
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“We must clearly show the toughest will of our Party and government for retaliation to the enemy who are hell-bent on the aggressive war exercises to disturb peace and stability of the Korean peninsula and the region.
“The more often the US imperialists make a military bluff in and around the Korean peninsula while concentrating efforts on “strengthening the offer of the extended deterrence” to their Allies and staging war exercises, the more offensively our military counteraction will be changed.
“If the enemy continue to threaten us with their nuclear striking means, our Party and DPRK government will resolutely answer nukes for nukes and frontal confrontation for frontal confrontation, he solemnly declared.”