Kim Jong-uns sister chillingly threatens to turn Pacific into firing range

Kim Jong-un’s sister has threatened to turn the Pacific Ocean into a “firing range” unless the US stops conducting military exercises with its allies in the region.

Kim Yo Jong, the younger sister of North Korea’s dictator who works as a diplomat and a politician for the country, said in a statement to the country’s state media outlet KCNA that the US’ military is “getting brisk around the Korean Peninsula”.

She added that the frequency of North Korea’s missile tests depends on how US forces behave in the region.

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Her threat came just two days after firing a nuclear capable intercontinental ballistic missile into the sea just off Japan’s west coast.

This prompted the US to hold separate air exercises with South Korea and Japan yesterday (Sunday, February 19).

Japan’s Prime Minister said he had requested an emergency UN Security Council meeting over North Korea’s ICBM tests.

South Korea’s military condemned the launches as a “grave provocation” that should stop immediately.

The country’s presidential office said it held a National Security Council meeting to review the tests and discuss countermeasures.

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Meanwhile, South Korea’s foreign ministry said its nuclear diplomat had phone calls with US and Japanese counterparts, during which they agreed that North Korea would face the “consequences of self-indulgence”.

The provocative statements come just as the US and South Korea are set to hold the annual springtime Freedom Shield field training in March, as well as simulated nuclear exercises aimed at improving operations of US nuclear assets this week.

North Korea’s foreign ministry warned last week it would respond to the drills with “unprecedentedly persistent, strong counteractions”.

The country’s missile launch today (Monday, February 20) is the third known weapons test this year.

Last year, it fired more than 70 missiles last year, the most ever, including ICBMs capable of striking any place in the US.

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