September 24, 2023

US ‘prepared’ for more North Korean nuclear, missile tests: State Department

Sung Kim hopes DPRK focuses on ‘serious engagement’ after leader’s sister threatens to wipe out South Korean army

The top U.S. official on North Korea policy slammed recent statements from Pyongyang as “provocative” and said Washington will be “prepared” for nuclear and missile tests as North Korea readies celebrations for one of its biggest holidays next week.

The remarks came after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s high-ranking sister Kim Yo Jong threatened the “extermination” of South Korean armed forces after Seoul’s defense minister described capabilities to hit North Korean missile launch points.