Kim Jong-un’s sister has warned North Korea that it is ready to take action against the US and the South.

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Kim Yo Jong did not specify any planned actions in his statement, but North Korea has often tested missiles in response to U.S.-South Korean military drills that it views as offensive exercises.  File
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Kim Yo Jong did not specify any planned actions in his statement, but North Korea has often tested missiles in response to U.S.-South Korean military drills that it views as offensive exercises. File | Photo credit: Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP

The influential sister of North Korea’s leader warned on Tuesday that her country was ready to take “immediate, forceful action” against the United States and South Korea, a day after the United States launched a nuclear-capable B- 52 bombers flew. against the north.

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Monday’s US-South Korean training involving B-52 bombers over the Korean Peninsula was the latest in a series of exercises between the allies in recent months. Their forces are also preparing to resume their biggest field exercises later this month.

Kim Yo Jong did not specify any planned actions in his statement, but North Korea has often tested missiles in response to U.S.-South Korean military drills that it views as offensive exercises.

Kim Yo-jong said in his statement, “We monitor the restless military maneuvers of the US forces and the South Korean puppet army and are always ready to take appropriate, prompt and forceful action at any time according to our judgment.” ” from the official media.

“The demonstrative military maneuvers and all kinds of rhetoric by the US and South Korea, which is so cowardly that it cannot be ignored, is undoubtedly [North Korea] With the conditions to be forced to do something to deal with them,” he said.

After Monday’s training, South Korea’s defense ministry said the B-52 deployment demonstrated the allies’ decisive capabilities to deter North Korean aggression.

The U.S. deployed several long-range American B-1B bombers or multiple B-1Bs to the archipelago earlier this year. Last month, the US and South Korea also held a simulation in Washington aimed at sharpening their response to North Korea’s nuclear threats.

Last Friday, the South Korean and U.S. militaries announced they would conduct computer-simulated command post training from March 13-23, reviving their largest springtime field exercises last held in 2018. were

The allies had canceled or scaled back some of their regular exercises since 2018 to support the now-defunct diplomacy with North Korea and prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. But they are resuming their drills after North Korea conducted a record number of missile tests last year and openly threatened to use its nuclear weapons in a possible conflict with its rivals.

In a separate statement on Tuesday, North Korea’s foreign ministry called the flyover by a US B-52 bomber a reckless provocation that pushes the situation on the peninsula “deeper into the bottomless quagmire”.

“There is no guarantee that there will not be a violent physical confrontation if US-South Korea military provocations continue,” said the statement, attributed to the unnamed head of the ministry’s foreign press office.

North Korea often uses inflammatory rhetoric at a time of heightened hostility with the United States and South Korea. Observers say possible actions North Korea could take include a nuclear test or a new type of intercontinental ballistic missile aimed at the US mainland.

Last month, Kim Yo Jong threatened to turn the Pacific into the North’s firing range. In his statement on Tuesday, he said North Korea would consider a declaration of war over a possible US attempt to intercept a North Korean ICBM. He cited South Korean media reports that the US military plans to shoot down a North Korean ICBM if it tests it in the Pacific Ocean.

All known North Korean ICBM tests have been conducted at angles perpendicular to avoid neighboring countries, and the weapons have landed in the waters between the Korean Peninsula and Japan.

South Korea took a step on Monday aimed at easing a thorny history of conflict with Japan in what is seen as an effort to boost trilateral Seoul-Tokyo-Washington security cooperation.

The move includes a plan to use local funds to compensate Koreans who did forced labor during Tokyo’s colonial era, but without requiring Japanese companies to contribute to reparations. Required.

U.S. Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel praised the leaders of South Korea and Japan on Monday, saying that both understood that “the ability to cooperate in the future is more important and more important, and realizing that you have to deal with historical issues.” to deal with.”

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