North Korea claims to have conducted “nuclear tactical” exercises, the first in five years

Seven ballistic missile launches have taken place in the past two weeks. One of these bullets flew over Japan for the first time since 2017.

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North Korea claimed on Monday 10 October that it had faked strikes “tactical nuclear” the last two weeks. Under the personal supervision of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, these shootings are presented as responses to the “military threat” posed, according to Pyongyang, by the United States and its allies.

Seven ballistic missile launches have taken place in the past two weeks. One such bullet flew over Japan for the first time since 2017. The international community expects North Korea to carry out a nuclear test soon, which would also be the first in five years.

Faced with this growing threat, the United States, South Korea and Japan have stepped up their military cooperation. The three countries have conducted extensive naval and air exercises around the Korean peninsula in recent weeks, including the deployment of the US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan. But these maneuvers are seen by North Korea as a dress rehearsal for an invasion of its territory.

In response, “Korean People’s Army (KPA) units responsible for the use of tactical nuclear weapons held military exercises from September 25 to October 9 to test and evaluate the country’s nuclear deterrence and counterattack capability.”the official KCNA news agency said Monday. These ballistic missile launch tests were “the simulation of a real war”she added.

Also according to KCNA, the exercises consisted in particular in a “tactical simulation of loading nuclear warheads” aboard a missile that was then launched from a silo under an artificial lake in the north-west of the country on 25 September.

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