Press Statement of Spokesman for DPRK Ministry of National Defence

Pyongyang, November 16 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the Ministry of National Defence of the DPRK released the following press statement "Peace and security in the Korean peninsula region will be firmly guaranteed by our revolutionary armed forces" on November 16:

The U.S. military authorities' visit to the region of south Korean puppets from Nov. 12 to 14 clearly proves that the U.S. and its followers are just the chief architects of ever-escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula.

The U.S. imperialist warmongers and their followers amended the "tailored deterrence strategy" aimed at a preemptive nuclear strike at the DPRK and agreed to operate the tripartite real-time missile information-sharing system between the U.S., Japan and puppet south Korea within this year. They also incited extreme confrontation hysteria by bringing Ronald Reagan nuclear carrier strike group to the region of south Korean puppets.

Thus, the hostile forces betrayed themselves that their military posture towards the DPRK is by no means defensive but aimed to invade the DPRK.

It is necessary to make it clear once again that the U.S. and its followers are just the ones that unilaterally aggravate the military tensions in the Korean peninsula region rhetorically and practically.

This year, too, the enemies escalated their nuclear threat to the DPRK by starting the operation of the "Nuclear Consultative Group" aimed at using nuclear weapons against it, staging the large-scale joint military exercises of aggressive nature, including Ulji Freedom Shield and Vigilant Defense, and bringing nuclear carrier, strategic nuclear submarine and nuclear strategic bomber to the Korean peninsula.

The danger of military confrontation has gone beyond the red line but military conflict has not yet broken out in the Korean peninsula. This is entirely because the armed forces of the DPRK are thoroughly deterring with their highly responsive posture the military moves of the U.S. and its vassal forces.

It is the noble mission of the Korean People's Army to thoroughly deter any outside aggression attempt, mount a resolute counterattack on any military provocation that encroaches upon the sovereignty and security of the state and maintain full war readiness to reliably defend the territorial integrity of the country.

The armed forces of the DPRK will strongly control and manage all threats to its national security and interests with more offensive and overwhelming counteraction capabilities and through visible strategic deterrent military actions, given the new security instability being created in the Korean peninsula region and the ever-changing forms and nature of the U.S. and its allied forces' military threat. -0- (Juche112.11.16.)