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North Korea Kim Warns South Korea in Anniversary Speech

29 July 2022 01:01

On Thursday, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un warned South Korea against pre-emptive military action. Kim said that "such a dangerous attempt will be immediately punished" and "the yoon suk yeol government and his military will be annihilated".
 
Kim's speech to war veterans on the 69th anniversary of the end of the 1950-53 Korean war, were apparently meant to boost internal unity in the impoverished country, suffering pandemic-related economic difficulties.
 
Some observers say North Korea will likely intensify its threats against the United States and South Korea, as the allies prepare to expand summertime exercises the North views as an invasion rehearsa.
 
Since taking office in May, the New South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol and his government have moved to strengthen seoul's military alliance with the United States and bolster its capacity to neutralize North Korean nuclear threats, including a preemptive strike capability.
 
This year, Kim has been increasingly threatening rivals with his advancing nuclear program in what some foreign experts say is an attempt to wrest outside concessions and achieve greater domestic unity.