North Korea conducts a nuclear missile attack simulation. This step was taken to warn the United States of “the danger of nuclear war.”
Reported CNNSunday (3/9/2023), The country launched several cruise missiles, some of which were equipped with dummy nuclear warheads, state media outlet KCNA said, describing the exercise as a simulation of a “tactical nuclear attack.”
The drills were intended to “warn the enemy of the real danger of nuclear war,” the Central Military Commission of the Workers’ Party of Korea reported as KCNA.
It said the drills took place at dawn on Saturday and involved “two long-range strategic cruise missiles with mock nuclear warheads.”
The nuclear attack carried out was a response to joint military exercises carried out by the United States and South Korea earlier this week, KCNA added.
“The reckless and dangerous nature of the confrontational hysteria that the US and the ‘Republic of Korea’ gangsters recently betrayed is unprecedented in history,” KCNA said, referring to South Korea.
The report cited a “written exercise order” issued by the military commission stressing the “importance” of the North Korean drills.
“The missile sub-unit involved successfully carried out its nuclear strike mission by ensuring that the missile flew along an ‘8’ flight path pattern simulating a range of 1,500 kilometers (approximately 1 mile) for 7.672 to 7.681 seconds each and the warhead detonated at the same time. “The predetermined height is 150 meters above the target island,” KCNA reported.
“Nuclear power [Korea Utara] will strengthen the posture of responsible combat resistance in every way to prevent war and maintain peace and stability,” he added.
South Korea’s military said that it had detected several cruise missiles fired by North Korea into the Yellow Sea between mainland China and the Korean Peninsula, at around 4 a.m. on Saturday, local time.
This week South Korea and the United States began annual joint military drills aimed at bolstering their response to threats from Pyongyang.
North Korea has conducted 18 missile tests so far this year, compared with just four in 2020 and eight in 2021.
The US-South Korea live-fire drills were held on Wednesday. South Korean and US commanders said the drills demonstrated “the strongest military alliance in the world.”
The drills, based on counterattacks against colonial forces, have not been carried out since 2018 and came after the US and South Korean presidents pledged to increase military cooperation following a May summit in Seoul.