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    North Korean media dismiss allies’ moves to sharpen deterrence

    ANN/KOREA HERALD – North Korea’s propaganda outlets continued to dismiss South Korea and the United States’ (US) move to reinforce their deterrence and military readiness as “bravado” against a “nuclear weapons state”, arguing that North Korea merely sees a US aircraft carrier as a “lump of scrap metal”.

    Multiple propaganda outlets simultaneously launched a flurry of attacks on the Yoon Suk-yeol government’s defence strategy to reinforce the South Korea-US combined defence posture and enhance the viability of the US extended deterrence against mounting threats from North Korea.

    The recent spate of blistering criticisms came after South Korea and the US conducted large-scale combined naval drills from September 26 to 29 in the East Sea operational area, called the Korea Theater of Operations.

    The US Navy’s nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan and its carrier strike group joined the exercises. The bilateral naval drills involving a US aircraft carrier were staged in South Korean waters for the first time since November 2017.

    North Korea’s Uriminzokkiri, which mainly targets South Korean audiences, claimed yesterday the Yoon Suk-yeol government is “bringing the Korean Peninsula to a nuclear war crisis”.

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un delivers a speech at the second-day session of the Supreme People’s Assembly in Pyongyang. PHOTO: THE KOREAN CENTRAL NEWS AGENCY/YONHAP

    Meari, another North Korean mouthpiece, argued yesterday that the Yoon government has been “going completely insane about confronting a nuclear weapon state while having the ‘crumbling empire’ at its back”.

    Uriminzokkiri on Sunday played down the South Korea-US alliance’s efforts to enhance the viability of the US’ extended deterrence through various channels, including the deployment of the US’ strategic assets on the peninsula.

    North Korean weekly Tongil Sinbo said on Saturday the Yoon government’s initiative to enhance the viability of the US’ extended deterrence as “self-destructive braveness”.

    North Korea’s dismissal conspicuously came after the country fired a flurry of ballistic missiles in unusually short intervals last week at a sensitive time when the US aircraft carrier engaged in bilateral and trilateral naval drills with South Korea and Japan on and near the Korean Peninsula.

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