A North Korean military spokesman says that US’s missile interceptor system cannot stop our “shower of nuclear strike.”
On Tuesday, the US military conducted its first-ever intercept test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). The Pentagon hailed the test as an “incredible accomplishment” which marked a “critical milestone” for the anti-missile program.
“This test demonstrates that we have a capable, credible deterrent against a very real threat,” said US Missile Defense Agency chief Vice Admiral James D. Syring.
On Saturday, a spokesman for the Strategic Force of the Korean People’s Army stressed that the test was a “risky move.” He added that it was also “serious military provocation that brings to light the US imperialists’ wild ambition for igniting a nuclear war.”
“They are now bluffing, bragging about the ‘success’ in the test and the efficiency of the missile interception system. But the DPRK considers it just as a foolish act of those driven to despair,” he said.
“The last-ditch gambling of the Trump administration for a nuclear war will only bring earlier the day when the US mainland will turn into ashes,” he added.
Earlier, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) imposed a fresh array of sanctions on North Korea in response to a number of missile tests carried out by Pyongyang this year.
In mid-May, the United Nations Security Council called on Pyongyang not to conduct any further missile tests.
The North, under an array of sanctions for its missile and nuclear programs, says it is developing arms as deterrence against the US threat. North Korea has also said it would not abandon its missile and nuclear programs unless the US ended its hostility toward Pyongyang.
Unsettled by North Korean missile and nuclear programs, the United States adopted a war-like posture, sending a strike group and conducting joint military drills with North Korea’s regional adversaries Japan and South Korea.
Meanwhile, the US military has begun deploying an advanced missile system in South Korea known as the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), raising the ire of North Korea, China, and Russia.