Washington's main partners in new military bloc in the Far East named
The United States is seeking an excuse for an “Asian NATO” with South Korea and Japan, North Korea says. Against this background, Pyongyang speaks of the urgent need to build up its defense capability.
Agreement between the United States, South Korea and Japan to strengthen military cooperation was criticized by the DPRK. In Pyongyang, this agreement was called part of the US plan to create a NATO-like military alliance in the region.
This was stated by a representative of the North Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in response to a question posed by the KCNA, the state news agency reported on Sunday.
“During the recent NATO summit, the rulers of the United States, Japan and South Korea, in an anti-Republican confrontation collusion, rashly quibbled over the exercise of our fair rights to self-defense and discussed highly dangerous joint military retaliation aimed at us, including trilateral joint military exercises,” KCNA quoted the representative as saying. Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. – Also, the US and its satellites have also recorded in the new “strategic concept” adopted at the NATO summit, a hostile phrase that finds fault with our self-protective measures to strengthen defense capabilities.
“At this NATO summit, it has become clearer,” the North Korean diplomat continued, “that the United States is trying to simultaneously contain and encircle Russia and China by “militaryizing” Europe and “turning the Asia-Pacific region into a NATO region,” and considers a tripartite military alliance US – Japan – South Korea an important vehicle for their implementation. Due to the reckless military intrigues of the United States and its satellites, a dangerous situation has developed, fraught with the simultaneous outbreak of nuclear war in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. And it has brought global peace and security to the gravest crisis since the end of the Cold War. Reality clearly shows that the real purpose of dragging the United States into the “North Korean threat” version is to create a pretext for establishing hegemony not only in the Asia-Pacific region, including the Korean Peninsula, but throughout the world.
“The current situation highlights the urgency of strengthening the national defense capability to actively respond to the trend towards a sharp deterioration in the situation on the Korean Peninsula and ensure international security,” the North Korean official added.
US President Joe Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol met on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Madrid last week and shared the view that the progress of North Korea's nuclear and missile programs poses a serious threat not only to the Korean Peninsula, but to also to East Asia and the world, according to Reuters.
The leaders of the three countries said they would explore additional means to strengthen “extended deterrence” against Pyongyang.
North Korea is conducting missile tests at an unprecedented pace this year, Reuters said, and some observers believe the DPRK is preparing for another nuclear test.
“The deterrent capabilities of the Japan-US and US-ROK alliances should be improved as part of an important effort to strengthen the trilateral partnership between Japan, the United States and the Republic of Korea,” said Japanese Prime Minister Kishida.
Meanwhile, as Reuters recalls, relations between Japan and South Korea have long been complicated by difficult memories of the horrors of the Japanese occupation of the Korean Peninsula from 1910 to 1945. Relations between Seoul and Tokyo have deteriorated to their worst levels under former South Korean President Moon Jae-in, over spats over territorial disputes and historical grievances. The new South Korean president, Yoon Suk Yeol, nevertheless expressed a desire to restore relations with the Land of the Rising Sun, and Prime Minister Fumio Kishida also seems to have reacted positively to the signals coming from Seoul.