N Korea criticizes potential sale of U.S. missiles to Japan, S Korea


North Korea on Monday denounced the United States' potential sale of missiles to Japan and South Korea, calling it a dangerous act that raises tension in the region and brings a new arms race, state media reported.

In a statement carried by the KCNA news agency, the North's defense ministry said Pyongyang will step up measures to establish deterrence and respond to instability in the region, which it said was caused by the United States and its allies.

Japan plans to buy 400 Tomahawk missiles from the United States, part of its biggest military build-up since World War II. The Pentagon said on Friday the U.S. State Department has approved the potential sale in a deal valued at $2.35 billion.

The United States has also recently announced the approval of a possible sale of Sidewinder missiles and Standard Missile 6 Block Is to South Korea.

"We warn that the more the United States profits from indiscriminate arms sales, the more it would have to pay for the security crisis," North Korea's statement said.

The statement comes as North Korea is preparing to launch a spy satellite. South Korean Defense Minister Shin Won-sik said on Sunday the launch could take place as early as this week.

"We sternly warn North Korea to squarely face the reality of the international community seriously condemning its illicit activities in one voice, and immediately suspend the plan to launch a military spy satellite now under preparation," South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement.

The South Korean military said the satellite launch would be a provocation and a violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions that ban the North's use of ballistic missile technology.

Pyongyang has said it would demonstrate "more offensive and overwhelming counteraction capabilities," citing what it called "military threats" from the United States and its allies.

North Korea said on Wednesday it had successfully conducted static tests of "new-type high-thrust solid-fuel engines" for intermediate-range ballistic missiles (IRBMs), raising speculation over another missile test.

South Korea's National Security Council convened a meeting on Monday and said it would bolter the military's readiness to immediately respond to "any provocation" by the North.

© Thomson Reuters 2023.

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North Korea - ultimate hypocrites.

Criticise the US and Japan for "raising tension" - while themselves supplying fascist Russia with millions of shells and missiles

Ignore the rubbish.

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And S Korea warns N Korea to scrap spy satellite launch.

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This is like the color black calling a shadow dark.

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Ahh, that's cute. Rocket boy is jealous and upset he doesn't get rockets like the cool kids in the block.

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And developing nuclear weapons and repeatedly threatening violence against their neighbours doesn’t “raises tension in the region and brings a new arms race”,. Sadly King Fatboy is incapable of irony so it’s just standard NK hypocrisy.

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Japanese news reporting half of the 400 Tomahawk missiles are old ones. The U.S. conducts these warehouse clearance sales and Japan must participate. 在庫処分。

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Perhaps North Korea would like to sell a functional missile defense system to Japan ? Or maybe it should simply just stop trying to provoke some of its neighbors into seeking some form of reassurance from elsewhere that has a DEFENSIVE system rather than ATTACK system....

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NK is right, without my authority and consent, Kishida is buying old US missiles with debts for $2.35 billion.

no wonder why the inflation will continue....

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