Seoul, Oct 1 (EFE).- South Korea’s president warned Pyongyang on Saturday that it will receive “an overwhelming response” if it attempts to use nuclear weapons.
Yoon Suk-yeol made these remarks in a speech on Armed Forces Day after the latest missile launch by the North, its fourth in less than a week.
Earlier in the day, the North Korean regime, led by Kim Jong-un, fired two short-range missiles into the East Sea.
The missiles were fired from the Sunan area in Pyongyang between 6:45 am and 7:03 am and traveled about 350 kilometers (217 miles) and reached an altitude of 30 kilometers before falling into the Sea of Japan (called the East Sea in the two Koreas), according to the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff.
The launches coincided with the joint military maneuvers of the United States and Seoul in the area and with the visit of US Vice President Kamala Harris to the South.
“If North Korea attempts the use of nuclear weapons, it will face the resolute and overwhelming response of the South Korea-US alliance and our military,” Yoon said, local news agency Yonhap reported.
The South Korean president urged the neighboring country to “make the decision to denuclearize for true peace and joint prosperity on the Korean Peninsula,” and said that the North’s nuclear weapons’ policy defies the international non-proliferation regime.
Yoon also expressed his willingness to strengthen the joint military drills by Seoul and Washington in the peninsula, a day after both countries conducted anti-submarine exercises with the participation of the US aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Regan.
North Korea’s tests in the past week are being viewed as a response to the deployment of the US aircraft carrier in the region.
The allied military intelligence of South Korea and the US considers that Pyongyang has been ready for months to execute what would be its seventh underground nuclear detonation in its Punggye-ri test center.
In early September, the regime toughened its nuclear policy by passing a law that would allow it to carry out preventive nuclear strikes if a country poses a threat to it or its leaders. It also asserted that it would never give up its nuclear weapons. EFE