N. Korea calls arrival of nuclear-powered US submarine a direct threat
SEOUL — North Korea called the arrival of the nuclear-powered submarine USS Mississippi in a southern South Korean port a direct threat and said it would bolster its nuclear capabilities in self-defense.
The Virginia-class attack submarine arrived at Busan earlier this week as part of its maiden deployment to Asia. The Navy called the visit a routine port visit that would allow the sub’s approximately 141 sailors a chance to contact loved ones at home and visit Korea after several weeks at sea.
But North Korea’s Foreign Ministry said the Mississippi’s arrival was a “direct threat to the security of the DPRK and peace of the region,” according to a report by the state-run Korean Central News Agency on Thursday. DPRK is the acronym for the North’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
It accused the U.S. of a “ceaseless introduction of strategic assets of various kinds to and around the Korean peninsula” and “making the already unstable situation all the more uncontrollable.”
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