The United States has deployed chemical weapons and a battalion equipped to deal with nuclear and chemical attacks in South Korea.
Japan has warned North Korea against its ‘provocative statements’ after Pyongyang stepped up its war rhetoric against the US threats.
Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said on Thursday, “Our government does not believe we should be pushed around and swayed by every provocative statement out of North Korea. We are coordinating with the relevant nations to enact the various [UN] Security Council resolutions.”
“We also strongly urge North Korea to understand that these provocative statements are not in the interest of their nation,” Suga stated.
Tensions are running high between Washington and Pyongyang as North Korea warned on Thursday that its military had been cleared to carry out an attack on the United States using “nuclear” weapons.
The North Korean military said its troops had been authorized to launch “merciless strikes on the US involving cutting-edge smaller, lighter and diversified nuclear weapons.”
Meanwhile, the Pentagon said it would deploy a sophisticated anti-missile system to the Pacific island of Guam in the wake of the recent North Korean war rhetoric.
War of words escalated after the participation of the United States’ nuclear-capable B-52s and B-2 stealth bombers in its joint military drills with South Korea.
Washington also deployed chemical weapons and a battalion equipped to deal with nuclear and chemical attacks in South Korea on Thursday.