South Korea warns of overwhelming response if North Korea uses nuclear weapons

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South Korea warns of overwhelming response if North Korea uses nuclear weapons

South Korea s President Yoon Suk Yeol said that North Korea will face a determined and overwhelming response from South Korea and the United States if it attempts to use nuclear weapons.

Yoon called North Korea's recent law declaring itself a nuclear weapon state a threat to the survival and prosperity of South Korea and called for Kim Jong Un to denuclearize, as well as at the nation's 74th Armed Forces Day ceremony.

North Korea's development of nuclear weapons will make the lives of North Koreans more difficult. Yoon said that the regime must make the decision to denuclearize for peace and mutual prosperity on the Korean Peninsula.

Yoon also reaffirmed the South Korea-US alliance, promising that both militaries would respond strongly to North Korea's provocations and threats if necessary.

The South Korean government will enhance its reconnaissance and surveillance capabilities and strike capabilities against North Korea, Yoon said.

The South Korean military detected two short range ballistic missiles launched from North Korea's Sunan area in Pyongyang, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff JCS earlier in the day.

Pyongyang fired missiles for the fourth time in the past week.

North Korea has fired its most ballistic missiles in a single year since Kim Jong Un took power in 2012, according to the Unification Ministry and CNN tally.