On Tuesday, North Korea announced that it will take “real steps” to demonstrate how strongly it disapproves of Japan’s most recent turnaround from post-World War II pacifism to adopt what Tokyo refers to as “counterstrike capabilities” against armed enemy attacks and imminent attacks. North Korea said that it will show how strongly it disapproves of Japan’s latest actions by showing how strongly it disapproves of Japan’s most
The region has been thrown into disarray as a result of what Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida referred to as a “major transformation of Japan’s security policy.” Kishida also revealed on Friday that Japan has plans to more than double its military spending over the next decade in an effort to largely contain China.
Since quite some time ago, Washington has been collaborating with allies such as Tokyo in an effort to restore the superiority that, for the most part, prevented Beijing from exerting any influence on the manner in which commercial transactions and diplomatic negotiations took place. The United States’ policy of unilateralism has been condemned by North Korea, whose most important ally is China.
A spokesperson for Pyongyang’s Foreign Ministry was quoted in a statement that was distributed by the Korean Central News Agency as saying, “This so-called counterattack has nothing to do with self-defense; this is more like a preemptive strike.” The quote was included in a document that was made public by the Korean Central News Agency. “The new aggressive strategy significantly alters the status quo of security in East Asia.”
The spokesman lashed out at the United States, accusing it of supporting Japan’s military buildup that is similar to the aggressiveness it displayed during the war. A more confident Japan has been publicly welcomed by the United States, which has stated that Japan’s shifting security posture will help promote peace and the rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific region. The term “Indo-Pacific” is a term that the United States has used to refer to a larger Asia that includes India, which is another partner in its coalition against China.
The North Korean government also launched an attack on its southern neighbor.
In a separate statement, Kim Yo-jong, the powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, dismissed concerns regarding her country’s launch on Sunday, which Pyongyang claimed was conducted to test its spy satellite. Many analysts in this country referred to the launch as “rudimentary” due to the low resolution of satellite images showing parts of Seoul. According to South Korean reports, the launch did not include space rockets but rather ballistic missiles, the construction of which is prohibited by resolutions passed by the United Nations Security Council.
According to North Korea, more international sanctions would not stop the government from pursuing a new reconnaissance satellite. North Korea said that the mission was a priority as part of its self-defense, and it added that the task would not be stopped.
Kim issued a warning that the reclusive nation would soon conduct a test of its intercontinental ballistic missile, a weapon that the North revealed for the first time in November but is believed to be lacking the technology known as the “reentry vehicle,” which is essential for the weapon to successfully deliver nuclear warheads. Kim’s comments came in response to a question from South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
“We will shortly show you,” Kim stated.