North Korea says U.S.-South Korea-Japan agreement materialises U.S. plan for ‘Asian NATO’

A North Korean flag flies at the North Korean Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia March 19, 2021. REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng/File Photo

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SEOUL, July 3 (Reuters) – North Korea has slammed the recent agreement between the United States, South Korea and Japan on enhanced military cooperation as a way to materialize a U.S. plan for a military alliance as the NATO in the region.

A spokesman for North Korea’s foreign ministry said the same when asked by KCNA, the state news agency reported on Sunday.

“Reality clearly shows that the real purpose of the United States in spreading the ‘North Korean threat’ rumor is to provide an excuse to achieve military supremacy over the Asia-Pacific region,” the spokesperson said.

“The prevailing situation calls more urgently to strengthen the country’s defenses to actively deal with the rapidly worsening security environment,” the spokesperson added.

The leaders of the United States, South Korea and Japan met on the sidelines of a NATO summit last week and agreed to explore new ways to bolster ‘extended deterrence’ against Korea North. Read more

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Reporting by Jihoon Lee; edited by Jonathan Oatis

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