September 24, 2021 13:58
The U.S. Senate on Wednesday issued a warning against "rogue state" North Korea's development of nuclear weapons that threaten the U.S. and its allies.
The warning came after the International Atomic Energy Agency earlier this week said the North is resuming production of weapons-grade nuclear materials.
In a report as part of the 2022 National Defense Authorization Act submitted on Wednesday, the Senate Armed Services Committee said North Korea "continues to pursue publicly announced plans to develop miniaturized nuclear warheads, tactical nuclear weapons, multiple independently targetable nuclear reentry vehicles for missiles, solid-fuel ballistic missiles of varying ranges, nuclear propulsion systems for submarines, and hypersonic boost-glide vehicles to threaten the United States and its allies in the region."
Meanwhile, the U.S. Forces Korea revealed it conducted a strike drill targeting North Korean facilities at Camp Humphreys in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi Province on Sept. 13, right after the North test-fired new cruise missiles the previous two days.
In the drill dubbed operation "Teak Knife," commandos from the U.S. Special Operations Command carried out nighttime infiltration training. It was a stark warning to North Korea against stepping up provocations.
C-130J transport aircraft and MH-60 helicopters also flew in from the U.S. mainland and the Indo-Pacific Command in Japan.
Meanwhile, North Korea rejected President Moon Jae-in's proposal at the UN General Assembly in New York to formally end the Korean War, calling it "something premature."
The official [North] Korean Central News Agency on Friday quoted Vice Foreign Minister Ri Thae-song as saying, "Nothing will change as long as the political circumstances around [North Korea] remain unchanged and the U.S. hostile policy is not shifted, although the termination of the war is declared hundreds of times."
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