Pyongyang’s nuclear forces would have no other choice, but to respond if the South decides to attack the country, Kim Yo Jong, a key adviser to her brother, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, has said.
It was her second warning in three days, following Seoul’s claim that it could carry out a preemptive a strike against its neighbor.
“In case South Korea adopts military confrontation against us, our nuclear combat forces are inevitably obliged to carry out its mission,” she said as cited by KCNA state news agency.
Seoul would “suffer a terrible disaster unimaginable by far, if its army violates even an inch of our land,” Kim added.
“It is not a threat,” but only an explanation of how Pyongyang would react to hypothetical “reckless” actions by its neighbor, the member of North Korea’s State Affairs Commission pointed out.
She was referring to last week’s statements by South Korean defense minister Suh Wook, who mentioned the possibility of a preemptive strike against Pyongyang. Seoul can “accurately and swiftly strike any targets” in the North with high-precision weapons, he insisted.
“Preemptive strike on a nuclear state is a wild dream,” Kim insisted.