North Korea vows to deploy new weapons at border after South halts military deal | Inquirer News

North Korea vows to deploy new weapons at border after South halts military deal

/ 07:19 AM November 23, 2023

North Korea spy satellite

FILE PHOTO: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his daughter Kim Ju Ae meet with members of the Non-permanent Satellite Launch Preparatory Committee as he inspects the country’s first military reconnaissance satellite, in Pyongyang, North Korea, on May 16, 2023, in this image released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency on May 17, 2023. KCNA via REUTERS

SEOUL — North Korea said it would send stronger armed forces and new weapons at its border with South Korea, state media reported, after Seoul suspended part of a 2018 military agreement between the two Koreas in protest of Pyongyang’s launch of a spy satellite.

South Korea on Wednesday suspended a clause in the agreement and said it would immediately step up military surveillance along the heavily fortified border with North Korea.


In a statement carried by the KCNA news agency, North Korea’s defense ministry said it would restore all military measures it had halted under the deal aimed at de-escalating tension between the two Koreas.


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“We will forward deploy stronger armed forces and new military equipment near the military demarcation line,” the statement said. “South Korea will be held entirely responsible if an irrevocable clash occurs between the North and the South.”

The suspended North-South pact, known as the Comprehensive Military Agreement, was signed at a 2018 summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and then South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

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Critics have said the pact weakened Seoul’s ability to monitor North Korea while Pyongyang had violated the agreement.

North Korea’s statement came hours after it fired a ballistic missile toward the sea east of the Korean peninsula late on Wednesday. South Korea’s military said the launch appeared to have failed.


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