North Korea rhetoric and threats grow louder after detecting US reconnaissance plane off coast

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Important Takeaways:

  • North Korea Ramps Up Rhetoric Ahead of U.S. Nuclear Submarine Visit
  • North Korea threatened military action against American spy planes operating off the country’s east coast, its state media reported on Tuesday, as a United States submarine capable of shooting nuclear ballistic missiles planned to visit South Korea for the first time in four decades.
  • The North has often bristled at the United States’s military reconnaissance activities around the Korean Peninsula. But since Monday, it has issued three consecutive statements threatening retaliation against what it called “provocative aerial espionage” by American spy planes and drones.
  • On Monday, the North’s Ministry of National Defense accused an American strategic reconnaissance plane of illegally intruding into its “inviolable airspace” off its east coast​ this month.
  • “There is no guarantee that such shocking accident as downing of the U.S. Air Force strategic reconnaissance plane will not happen,” it said, according to an English-language dispatch from the North’s official Korean Central News Agency.
  • In two separate statements issued later on Monday and early on Tuesday, Kim Yo-jong, the sister and spokeswoman for North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, also said that American reconnaissance planes committed “a grave encroachment upon the sovereignty and security” of her country by flying over its 200-nautical mile economic water zone.
  • Kim warned that a “shocking” or “critical” incident would occur if such illegal intrusions continued.
  • To drive home the threat, North Korea cited a 1969 incident in which it shot down an American EC-121 reconnaissance aircraft, killing all 31 people aboard.

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