Seems like North Korea is not buying the reason behind the joint naval exercises of Japan, South Korea, and the United States. Pyongyang has issued another warning to the three allies, threatening to bury in the sea a US warship. The joint drill is hosted by South Korea in Busan.
According to South Korea’s Ministry of Defense, the annual training is “aimed at carrying out joint maritime search and rescue operations for humanitarian purposes.” But North Korea believes otherwise. According to the North’s Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea, “The war drills show that the US-Japan-South Korea tripartite military alliance has developed into the nuclear war alliance and has become operational in actuality.”
As if North Korea’s displeasure and allegation were not enough, as the joint naval drills of Japan, South Korea, and the U.S. pushed through albeit delayed because of Typhoon Danas, another threat that was given to the three. The committee supposed to seek peaceful reunification of Korea warned them of counter-attack should they launch a nuclear war [against North Korea] “while talking about ‘sign’ and ‘preemptive attack’ despite repeated warnings of [North Korea].” The committee claimed that “its revolutionary armed forces will immediately mount counter-attack to bury the aggressors, provocateurs in the sea together with the carrier.”
The North was referring to USS George Washington, a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier that arrived in Busan on Friday, ahead of the supposed Tuesday launch of the naval drill. Also before Tuesday, North Korea warned the United States to “be wholly accountable for the unexpected horrible disaster to be met by its imperialist aggression forces’ nuclear strike means.” Despite the warning, the United States resumed the naval drills with its Asian allies.