PORLAMAR: North Korea is prepared to "counter-assault" even with progressing "incitement" from the United States, its remote clergyman said Thursday in the midst of a spike in pressure brought on by Pyongyang's most recent atomic test.
"The Korean individuals have shown that we are prepared to wage a counter-assault against incitement by adversaries," Foreign Minister Ri Yong-Ho said at a meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement in Venezuela.
The notice comes after two US supersonic planes flew over South Korea on Tuesday in a show of power taking after North Korea's fifth and biggest ever atomic test a week ago.
Ri said the atomic tests were expected to counter "dangers" from Washington.
"It was inescapable that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea would utilize the choice of atomic combat hardware subsequent to having done everything to shield national security in perspective of steady dangers from the United States," he said through a mediator.
He called atomic tests part of a "genuine" guard arrangement to counter US military activities on the promontory.
US troops have been available in South Korea since the Korean War (1950-1953), which finished in a truce as opposed to a peace bargain – meaning the two neighbors in fact stay at war.
As of now, South Korea has approximately 28,000 US troops.