Why does North Korea continue to threaten Japan

North Korea warns Japan of "self-destruction"

The military alliance between Japan and the US is a "serious threat" to the Korean Peninsula, the KCNA text said. Tokyo must no longer blindly follow Washington.

According to the agency, North Korea had deliberately chosen August 29 as the day for the most recent rocket launch to commemorate the 107th anniversary of the Japan-Korean agreement of 1910, on the basis of which Japan colonized the Korean peninsula.

USA demonstrate military strength

Amid hostility, the US has demonstrated military strength near the inner-Korean border. The US Air Force has sent two strategic long-range B-1B bombers and four F35B multi-role fighter jets to South Korea, a Defense Department spokesman said in Seoul on Thursday.

Over the northeastern province of Gangwon, they practiced their attack skills together with South Korean fighter jets. As a warning signal to North Korea, the USA had already let bombers fly over South Korea several times in the past.

According to the manufacturer Boeing, the B-1B Lancer is a "conventional" bomber. The B-1, originally designed for the transport of nuclear weapons, was later converted accordingly. The B-1B supersonic aircraft reportedly returned to their base on the US Pacific island of Guam after the joint exercise. Along with Japan, South Korea is the USA's most important ally in the region.

Japan wants to "visibly" increase pressure

In addition, Japan and the USA have announced that they will "visibly" increase the pressure on North Korea. Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera and his US counterpart James Mattis agreed on this in a telephone conversation on Thursday, as reported by the Japanese news agency Kyodo. Onodera therefore indicated that this could possibly mean increased maneuvers by both armed forces.

(APA / dpa / AFP)