Kim Yo Jong (Kim Yo’-cho’ng), top aide in Kim Jong Un’s Personal Secretariat [KJUPS], member of the DPRK State Affairs Commission [SAC], and deputy director of the Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Propaganda and Agitation (information and publicity) Department [PAD] issued a statement on 6 March (Monday). KYJ said:
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One of south Korean puppet media on March 6 carried an unspecific report that the commander of the US forces in the Indo-Pacific said something on February 24 to the effect that if we fired ICBMs into the Pacific, they would immediately shoot them down.
I don’t know if he really made such improper words to speak for the stand of the US military or if it was nothing but the puppet media’s trite wordplay, but I clearly warn in advance irrespective of any reason whether it is true or not.
The Pacific Ocean does not belong to the dominium of the U.S. or Japan.
It is very interesting to see how the US, whose forces frequently conduct the test-launches of strategic weapons in the Pacific every year as if the ocean were its yard, will respond if a third country attempts to intercept them under the reason for counteraction.
Had he been mindful that a specific approach must be taken to cope with such a terrible situation, he could have realized how unmanageable, excessive and crazy remarks he made.
The commander of the US forces in the Indo-Pacific reportedly described the “south Korea-U.S. map exercise for operating extended deterrence means” as effective and “very meaningful” as it gave a message to the DPRK and another country. We, too, have a message to send to the US.
It will be regarded as a clear declaration of war against the DPRK, in case such military response as interception takes place against our tests of strategic weapons that are conducted without being detrimental to the security of neighboring countries in the open waters and air which do not belong to the US’ jurisdiction.
We also remind them that our military code of conduct in such a situation has been set.
The demonstrative military moves and all sorts of rhetoric by the US and south Korea, which go so extremely frantic as not to be overlooked, undoubtedly provide the DPRK with conditions for being forced to do something to cope with them.
As already clarified, we keep our eye on the restless military moves by the US forces and the south Korean puppet military and are always on standby to take appropriate, quick and overwhelming action at any time according to our judgment.
The US and south Korea had better refrain from making remarks and behavior any longer that aggravate the situation.