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North Korea’s Kim Jong Un oversees a mock nuclear counterattack against the United States and South Korea

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North Korea must be ready to launch nuclear counterattacks at any time to deter war, President Kim Jong Un said on Monday March 20, as he accused the United States and South Korea of ​​waging war. joint military exercises near the gates of the country.

Kim’s remarks come after he “guided” combined operational unit tactical drills simulating a nuclear counterattack against North Korea’s enemies over the weekend, which he described as having “significantly improved the actual war capability of the units,” according to the state-run Korean Central. News Agency (KCNA).

State media said a North Korean ballistic missile fitted with a fake nuclear warhead which was launched on Sunday March 19 traveled about 800 kilometers (500 miles) before hitting a target at an altitude of 800 meters (0.5 miles) in the scenario of a tactical nuclear attack.

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The military drills enabled North Korean troops to “acquaint themselves with all unexpected circumstances and more fully prepare them in their active posture to make an immediate and overwhelming nuclear counterattack.” [at] at any time,” Kim said, citing KCNA.

Kim, appeared in pictures alongside her daughter, Kim Ju Ae.

He said it was “very important to continuously organize and conduct such exercises under the simulated conditions of real war”.

Ju Ae, believed to be about 9 years old, has been pictured numerous times alongside her father at missile launches in recent months.

The joint exercises conducted by the United States and North Korea included American B-1B strategic bombers, F-35A stealth fighters from the South Korean air force and F-16 fighters from the US Air Force.

Kim accused the United States and South Korea of ​​expanding joint military exercises involving American nuclear assets and claimed that his enemies were becoming “more and more pronounced in their movements of aggression”, which has prompted to call on North Korea to “strengthen its nuclear war deterrent exponentially”. “, said KCNA.

“The exercise marked an important opportunity in preparing our nuclear combat force to quickly and accurately accomplish its critical mission of deterring war and securing the initiative of war at all times and in all unexpected circumstances,” Kim was quoted as saying by state media.

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