The Republic of Korea considers blaming the statement of the DPRK on the successful completion of its nuclear missile program, Tass reports. This was stated on Monday at a briefing for journalists by the official representative of the Ministry of Association Paek Tae-hyun.
The government does not recognize Pyongyang's unilateral statement on the completion of its nuclear program, and together with the international community we are making efforts aimed at a peaceful solution of the nuclear problem of the North," the official said.
The tension on the Korean peninsula is maintained because of the active development of the DPRK missile and nuclear programs, as well as military maneuvers of the United States and its allies in the region. In July, the DPRK twice tested ballistic missiles, on August 29 and September 15, carried out two more rocket launches that flew over the territory of Japan, and on September 3 announced the successful testing of the hydrogen charge. The UN Security Council sharply tightened the regime of international sanctions against the republic in connection with this.
Since mid-September, the DPRK for 75 days has refrained from any provocative actions, but November 29 unexpectedly launched the Hwaseon-15 ICBM. According to experts, this radically new missile can cover a distance of up to 13 thousand km. Thus, in the zone of its defeat is almost the entire territory of the United States.
However, the South Korean military believes that the North has not yet managed to solve a number of fundamental technical problems, and in this connection they doubt the ability of Pyongyang to launch a nuclear missile strike on the continental US.