Pyongyang [North Korea], March 7: Kim Yo-jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, warned that any US move to shoot down Pyongyang's test missile would be seen as a "declaration of war".
The warning from Kim Yo-jong , the younger sister of Kim Jong-un, is in a statement published by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 7, according to Reuters. Kim also signaled that North Korea might launch more ballistic missiles into the Pacific. "The Pacific is not dominated by the US or Japan," she stressed.
The United States and its allies have never shot down a North Korean ballistic missile , despite a UN Security Council resolution barring Pyongyang from testing it. However, the issue has attracted renewed attention as Pyongyang has vowed to launch more missiles over Japan.
In another statement published by KCNA today, the head of the Foreign News Department at the North Korean Foreign Ministry accused the US of "exacerbating" the situation on the Korean peninsula by conducting an unprovoked military exercise. troops with South Korea on March 6 and plan the upcoming US-ROK exercises.
The US deployed B-52 bombers for a joint exercise with South Korean fighters on March 6. South Korea's defense ministry said the drills were intended to show strength against North Korea's "missile and nuclear threats," according to Reuters.
In addition, the United States and South Korea will conduct large-scale military exercises lasting more than 10 days called "Freedom Shield", starting next week.
The United States and South Korea insist the planned drills are defensive in nature, but North Korea views it as a rehearsal for invasion.
Source: ThanhNien Newspaper