US and South Korea warn North Korea not to use nuclear weapons

WASHINGTON (HPD) — The United States and South Korea warned North Korea Thursday that using any kind of nuclear weapon against Seoul or other regional allies would result in the end of Kim Jong Un’s regime, as Pyongyang continued to put North Korea on alert. peninsula with its missile tests.

North Korea has launched more than two dozen missiles in the past two days in response to US and South Korean military exercises that began on Monday. The launches have sent South Koreans fleeing to shelters and exacerbated the nervousness of a population mourning the death of more than 150 people crushed at Halloween celebrations.

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and South Korean Defense Minister Lee Jong-sup issued a joint statement “strongly condemning” North Korea’s military mobilization, including test launches of ballistic missiles, and rocket and coastal artillery fire.

In response to the launches, the United States extended the “Storm Watcher” military exercises that were to last until Friday, November 4, according to what was initially scheduled. On Thursday night, the Pentagon announced the extension of the exercises until Saturday, depending on the security environment.

“Our joint air exercises with the Republic of Korea have been extended through November 5,” the Pentagon said in a statement emailed to reporters. “We maintain close coordination with our ally ROK on any further changes and on the security environment on the Korean Peninsula. We remain firm in our commitment to the defense of the Republic of Korea.”

At the Pentagon, both defense ministers noted that any use of nuclear weapons, including relatively low-yield tactical nuclear devices against Seoul or other regional allies such as Japan, “would result in the end of the Kim Jong Un regime by the overwhelming and decisive response of the alliance,” Lee said at a news conference with Austin.

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