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US issues nuclear warning to North Korea — Analysis

A top State Department official said ‘the entire world’ would react harshly to any nuclear test by Pyongyang

One senior US official has vowned that he would do everything in his power to ensure the country’s security. “forceful response”Should North Korea test nuclear weapons? This is after Pyongyang launched its latest missile over the weekend. It was followed by similar force shows from Washington, Seoul, and Seoul.

After a meeting she had with South Korean counterpart Wendy Sherman, the Deputy Secretary of State of America stated that any nuclear attack would be a violation of United Nations Security Council Resolutions. She also warned of an international response.

“There would be a swift and forceful response to such a test,”She added “The entire world will respond in a strong and clear manner. We are prepared.”

Sherman didn’t specify the exact nature of the retaliation, but Sherman made her remarks one day after Pyongyang launched a barrage missiles at sea, marking its 18th weapon test in 2022. The move prompted US and South Korean forces to conduct their own launch a day later, with Seoul’s military saying the test demonstrated its ability to “swiftly and accurately”Response to North Korean attacks

Japan, also acting jointly with the Pentagon, conducted a separate missile test in response, saying it showed off the two allies’ “rapid response capability.”

Ned Price, a spokesperson for the State Department expressed concern that North Korea might conduct its seventh nuclear bomb test. “in the coming days,” reiterating previous warnings over a potential trial.

“It’s a concern we have warned about for some time, I can assure you that it is a contingency we have planned for, and it has been a concerted topic of discussion with allies and partners,”He stated.

Pyongyang’s last known nuclear test was carried out in 2017, ahead of a self-imposed moratorium agreed to during the Donald Trump administration. The country had placed ballistic missile tests on hold as well in a ‘freeze-for-freeze’ deal which saw a brief pause of US-South Korean military drills, but resumed them after the joint exercises started back up.

Yoon Suk-yel, South Korea’s President-elect, and Joe Biden the US counterpart have reached an agreement to intensify joint military drills as a sign of deterrence toward North Korea. Biden offered further assistance. “strategic assets”Seoul may request that Seoul send them to the Korean Peninsula, along with the approximately 30,000 American soldiers currently stationed there.

While Yoon’s predecessor, Moon Jae-in, sought peace with the North and President Trump attempted to strike a far-reaching deal with Pyongyang, neither leader managed to calm the long-smoldering hostilities and relations have effectively returned to the pre-Trump status quo.

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