In this March 29, 2019, photo, a US F-35A fighter jet prepares to land at Chungju Air Base in Chungju, the Republic of Korea. (KANG JONG-MIN / NEWSIS VIA AP)
PYONGYANG - A government researcher of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) slammed the Republic of Korea (ROK) on Thursday for planning to introduce two F-35A stealth fighters from the United States this month.
We, on our part, have no other choice but to develop and test the special armaments to completely destroy the lethal weapons reinforced in South Korea
Policy research director, Institute for American Studies, DPRK's Foreign Ministry
The delivery of such an "invisible lethal weapon" was aimed at securing military supremacy over the neighboring countries in the region and especially at opening a "gate" to invading the North during an emergency on the Korean Peninsula, the policy research director at the Institute for American Studies of the DPRK's Foreign Ministry was quoted by the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) as saying.
ROK authorities have thus challenged head-on the "military agreement to implement the Panmunjom Declaration" which expressly stipulates that the build-up of armed forces against the other side should be completely stopped, the unnamed director said in a press statement.
According to the KCNA report, ROK authorities would harm the compatriots at a time "when a positive atmosphere is created on the Korean Peninsula thanks to the historic DPRK-US summit meeting in Panmunjom" late last month.
The delivery "would prove to be an extremely dangerous action which will trigger our reaction and increase the military tension on the Korean Peninsula," the KCNA quoted the director as saying.
Inter-Korean relations have no prospects as long as the ROK depends on outside forces, it added.
"We, on our part, have no other choice but to develop and test the special armaments to completely destroy the lethal weapons reinforced in South Korea," the director said.
The ROK is also referred to as South Korea.
In March 2014, the ROK decided to purchase 40 F-35A stealth fighters for their deployment by 2021 at a cost of 7.4 trillion won (about US$6.5 billion). The first two were delivered this March to the ROK.
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