February 21, 2024

North Korea threatens Japan over its move to acquire counterstrike capabilities

DPRK says it will take ‘actual action’ against Tokyo’s new security strategy, rejecting claims it’s for self-defense

North Korea’s foreign ministry on Tuesday condemned Japan’s move to authorize counterstrike capabilities in its new National Security Strategy (NSS), threatening to respond to Tokyo’s “rearmament” with “actual action.”

“Japan's adoption of a new security strategy that officially formalizes possession of preemptive strike capabilities against other countries is creating a serious security crisis in the Korean Peninsula and East Asia,” a ministry spokesperson said in a statement released through the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).