N. Korea slams entry of U.S. nuclear submarine to S. Korea

North Korea on Thursday slammed the entry of a U.S. Navy nuclear-powered attack submarine to South Korea as a “direct threat” to its security and vowed to bolster its “nuclear deterrence for self-defense.”

In an official statement, the country’s Foreign Ministry called the deployment of the Mississippi, which is one of the most advanced nuclear submarines in the U.S. Pacific Fleet, “a direct threat to the security and peace of the region.”

The Virginia-class Mississippi, which is equipped with both torpedoes and Tomahawk cruise missiles, entered the South Korean port of Pusan on Monday

The statement said, “The U.S. ceaseless introduction of strategic assets of various kinds to and around the Korean Peninsula is rendering the already unstable situation all the more uncontrollable.”

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