Last Update: May 01, 2023, 05:35 AM IST
State media KCNA said on Monday that North Korea criticized a recent US-South Korea agreement to increase the deployment of US strategic assets in the region for raising tensions to the “brink of nuclear war”.
US President Joe Biden and South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol held a summit last week, during which Biden pledged to give Seoul more insight into his nuclear plan on any conflict with North Korea, as Pyongyang’s weapons There was increased concern over the programs and the US nuclear umbrella.
The two leaders agreed to strengthen South Korea’s security and regularly deploy US strategic assets. As part of the efforts, a US Navy nuclear-armed ballistic missile submarine will visit South Korea for the first time since the 1980s.
KCNA said the agreement stipulated the allies’ willingness to take “the most hostile and aggressive actions” against North Korea, citing Cho Joo Hyon, whom it described as an international security analyst.
It said the deployment of US strategic assets had plunged the situation on the Korean Peninsula into a “quagmire of instability” and was aimed at creating an “aggressive and exclusive military block” in the region.
“Its aim is to evade responsibility for the worst nuclear-related crimes committed by systematically destroying and violating the nuclear non-proliferation regime, and in particular by pushing the situation on the Korean Peninsula to the brink of nuclear war,” KCNA said.
“This is the sinister sinister objective pursued by the US to turn the whole of South Korea into its largest nuclear war outpost in the Far East and effectively use it to achieve its strategy of dominating the world.”
Pyongyang reacted angrily to the Yun-Biden summit, saying it reinforced its conviction to perfect its “nuclear war deterrent”.
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