Biden Issues Warning to North Korea

( — President Biden warned North Korea that any attack on the United States or its allies would end the regime there. His remarks came as he met South Korean leader President Yoon Suk Yeol at the White House. “A nuclear attack by North Korea against the United States or its allies or partners is unacceptable and would result in the end of whatever regime were to take such an action,” the President said.

The two leaders met in Washington on April 25th and visited the Korean War Memorial in the city. The Memorial, dedicated in 1995, depicts US soldiers marching to war when America supported South Korea following the invasion by the North in 1950.

During the official state visit, Biden and Yoon discussed increasing tensions in the Asia-Pacific region, including Chinese saber-rattling on Taiwan and missile launches by North Korea. The secretive nation, led by Kim Jong Un, has been launching warheads and threatening its neighbors for years, and 2023 has so far been no exception. This year’s display began on January 1st when one short-range ballistic missile was shot into the East Sea. These continue every month.

The US and South Korea announced an agreement to strengthen their deterrence efforts against nuclear-armed North Korea. The two nations will increase consultations and the US will send a nuclear ballistic submarine to South Korea.

The Korean peninsula was divided at the end of the Second World War when US forces occupied the south, and the Soviet Union took control of the north. The result was a communist north and democratic south. The two have been overtly hostile to each other since that time.

North Korea is home to around 25 million people and is the most secretive country in the world. Reporters are rarely allowed in, and when they are, people cannot speak to them freely. Any criticism of, or resistance to, the regime of Kim Jong Un results in ferocious punishment.

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