North Korea threatened action against the U.S. after the military flew a B-52 bomber over the Korean Peninsula.
The U.S. aircraft was serving as part of a joint exercise with South Korean warplanes in the area.
North Korea threatens action after US flies nuclear-capable B-52 bomber over Korean Peninsula https://t.co/ie9dPVSCzp
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"We keep our eye on the restless military moves by the U.S. forces and the South Korean puppet military and are always on standby to take appropriate, quick and overwhelming action at any time according to our judgment," Kim Yo Jong said in a statement, as reported by state media.
"The demonstrative military moves and all sorts of rhetoric by the U.S. and South Korea, which go so extremely frantic as not to be overlooked, undoubtedly provide (North Korea) with conditions for being forced to do something to cope with them," she added.
North Korea leader’s sister threatens US, South Korea after military exercises https://t.co/QxYqtzPudo
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South Korea's military leadership downplayed the concerns.
"The South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said the claims were nonsense and that no artillery training occurred in that region," the Independent U.S. reported.
"The US and South Korea are also on track to renew large-scale field exercises for the first time since 2018. The drills were significantly scaled back after 2018 due to the stagnation of US-North Korean diplomacy efforts and the onset of the coronavirus pandemic," it added.
The fiery words come as North Korea continues to test missiles and assert its strength in the region.
The statement also offers an interesting shift as the North Korean leader's sister is the one stating the comments to the public.
The volatile relationship with North Korea will continue to be one to watch as its leaders may seek to make a move with the U.S. distracted by Ukraine and the Biden administration's weak responses to other foreign conflicts.