SEOUL: The United States is preparing to adjust its military posture to counter provocations and continued threats from North Korea, Washington’s top aide on Pyongyang said on Friday.
Sung Kim, special representative for North Korean policy, pointed to Washington’s assessment that the unpredictable regime is preparing for what would be its first nuclear test in more than four years at its Punggye-ri test site.
“We are preparing for all eventualities in close coordination with our Japanese and South Korean allies,” Yonhap news agency quoted Kim as saying at the start of a trilateral meeting here with his counterparts.
He added: “We stand ready to make short-term and long-term adjustments to our military posture as needed and to respond to any provocation by North Korea and as needed to strengthen both defense and deterrence. to protect our allies in the region.
“We want to impress on North Korea that its illegal and destabilizing activities have consequences and that the international community will not accept these actions as normal,” Kim added, during a trilateral meeting with the top nuclear envoy of the country. Seoul Kim Gunn and Takehiro Funakoshi. from Japan.
The session aimed to demonstrate the united front of regional powers against the North’s missiles and nuclear power.
Such a face-to-face tripartite meeting of their top nuclear envoys marked the first since the one held in Hawaii in February and the first since the launch of the Yoon Suk Yeol administration, which has vowed to crack down on the North recalcitrant.
The North fired a series of ballistic missiles, including a long-range one late last month. It is even said to have completed preparations for its seventh underground nuclear test, when the timing is just a matter of political decision for leader Kim Jong Un to make.Bernama