North Korea says the US is looking for an excuse for an Asian NATO

This was stated by a spokesman for the North Korean Foreign Ministry in response to a question posed by the KCNA, the state news agency reported on Sunday.

“Reality clearly shows that the true purpose of the US spreading rumors about ‘threats from North Korea’ is to provide a pretext for achieving military superiority in the Asia-Pacific region,” the spokesman said.

“The current situation urgently requires building up the country’s defense capabilities in order to actively cope with the rapidly deteriorating security situation,” the spokesman added.

North Korea expands work at nuclear test site to second tunnel, says report

US President Joe Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol met on the sidelines of a NATO summit last week and agreed that the progress of North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs poses a serious threat not only to the Korean Peninsula, but also to East Asia. and peace.

They said they would explore additional means to strengthen “extended containment” against North Korea.

North Korea is conducting missile tests at an unprecedented pace this year, and some believe it is preparing for another nuclear test.

“The containment capabilities of the Japan-US and US-ROK alliances should be improved as part of an important effort to strengthen the triangular partnership between Japan, the US and the Republic of Korea,” Kishida said.

Relations between Japan and South Korea have long been fraught with memories of the Japanese occupation of the Korean Peninsula from 1910 to 1945.

Relations deteriorated to their worst since previous South Korean President Moon Jae-in, due to spats over territory and history, and the two countries canceling an intelligence-sharing pact. Yun nevertheless expressed his desire to rekindle the relationship, and Kishida seemed to react positively as well.