North Korea will continue missile tests despite increased tensions with the United States, said Deputy Foreign Minister of the DPRK Han Song-ryol.
In his interview with BBC he said that if the USA takes military action against the DPRK, this will lead to a “all-out war”. He also said that North Korea will continue missile tests.
“We’ll be conducting more missile tests on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis,” said Han Song-ryol.
The leader of North Korea Kim Jong-un repeatedly stated that his country will keep building up nuclear capabilities for attacks on US targets.
In early March 2017 the DPRK launched four ballistic missiles, calling it a rehearsal strike against US bases in Japan. In April, the DPRK launched a ballistic missile in the direction of the eastern coast of South Korea.
On April 14th the NBC television channel, citing a source in US intelligence, said that the United States is prepared to launch a preemptive strike against North Korea in order to prevent Pyongyang’s next test of nuclear weapons. The US sent two destroyers closer to the shores of North Korea: now the ships with Tomahawk cruise missiles are only 500 km away from the anticipated place of future nuclear tests.
The North Korean General Staff also said that the DPRK might attack American military bases in Japan, South Korea, as well as the presidential residence in the South Korean capital Seoul.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, who is currently visiting South Korea, said that the “era of strategic patience” of the United States towards the DPRK is over.