North Korea Warns of Nuclear Weapon Deployment in Response to U.S. Submarine Presence in South Korea.

North Korea’s Defense Minister, Kim Son Nam, has issued a stern warning, suggesting that the recent visit of the U.S. nuclear-powered submarine to South Korea may trigger legal conditions for North Korea to consider the use of nuclear weapons. Kim emphasized that North Korea’s nuclear doctrine permits the use of such weapons in response to a nuclear attack or if they perceive the use of nuclear weapons against their country to be unavoidable.

The deployment of the U.S. Navy’s nuclear-powered submarine, the USS Kentucky, in South Korea has raised tensions and is viewed as the most overt and direct nuclear threat to North Korea since 1981. According to Kim, the situation has entered a critical stage of visualization and systematization, underscoring the potential danger of military confrontation on the Korean Peninsula.

The Defense Minister has issued a serious warning to the United States and South Korea, cautioning against any military force targeting North Korea, as such actions could lead to dire consequences. He described the rhetoric of the “Republic of Korea” as bold and warned that any use of military force against North Korea would be an ill-fated choice, leading to severe repercussions for those involved.

The visit of the U.S. nuclear-powered submarine is linked to the Washington Declaration, wherein the U.S. has pledged to defend its ally, South Korea, using all available means, including nuclear weapons. However, North Korea’s strong reaction indicates that this deployment has crossed a significant “red line” for them, raising concerns about potential escalations in the region.

The situation has highlighted the sensitivity of diplomatic efforts, and the international community faces the challenging task of mitigating tensions and finding paths for peaceful dialogue to avoid further escalation. The presence of a nuclear-powered submarine in South Korea has become a critical issue with potential implications for regional stability and global security.