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"We don't respect 'South Korea' as a match for our military"

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North Korea will use its nuclear weapons to "eliminate" South Korea's military in the event they launch a precautionary strike, the powerful sister of leader Kim Jong Un said Tuesday.

Kim Yo Jong's warning, carried in state media, was her second furious answer in three days to comments made by South Korea's defense chief Suh Wook last week.

They come as North Korea has resumed its sanctions-breaking weapons tests with an unprecedented blitz this year, last month firing its first intercontinental ballistic missile at the full range since 2017.

Suh had said Friday that South Korea's military had missiles with "the capacity to precisely and immediately hit any objective in North Korea when there are obvious indicators of North's missile launch".

In response, Kim Yo Jong said it was a "very big mistake" for "lunatic" Suh to have discussed a preplanned strike against nuclear power, according to the report in KCNA.

"In case South Korea opts for a military confrontation with us, our nuclear combat force will have to inevitably carry out its duty," said Kim Yo Jong, who is a key strategy counselor in Pyongyang.
She said the "essential mission" for her country's nuclear forces was to act as a deterrent, but if an armed conflict were to break out, such weapons will be used for "killing the foe's military at a strike".

As a result of this "unpleasant assault", South Korean forces will face a "miserable fate little short of total destruction and ruin", she said.

"We don't respect 'them' as a match for our military," she expressed, alluding to South Korea's military.
Her most recent remarks follow an underlying assault on Suh's "careless comments" Sunday, in which she cautioned the South ought to "train itself to fight off catastrophe".

North Korea had paused its long-range and nuclear tests when Kim Jong Un and then US President Donald Trump engaged in a high-profile bout of diplomacy that subsequently collapsed in 2019. Talks have since stalled.

 
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