Kim Yo Jong’s warning, which was circulated in state media, was her second angry retaliation in three days to comments made by South Korea’s defense chief Suh Wook last week.
They come as North Korea resumed its sanctions-breaking weapons tests in an unprecedented flash this year, and last month launched its first full-range ICBM since 2017.
Suh said on Friday that the South Korean military has missiles “capable of accurately and rapidly hitting any target in North Korea if there are clear indications of the North’s missile launch.”
In response, Kim Yo Jong said it was a “very big mistake” for “mad” Suh to have discussed a pre-emptive strike against a nuclear power, according to the KCNA report.
“If South Korea chooses a military confrontation with us, our nuclear strike force will inevitably have to do its duty,” said Kim Yo Jong, a key political adviser in Pyongyang.
She said the “primary function” of her country’s nuclear forces is to act as a deterrent, but should armed conflict break out, such weapons would be used to “eliminate enemy forces in a strike.”
As a result of this “terrible attack,” South Korean forces will meet a “miserable fate, almost equivalent to total destruction and ruin,” she said.
“We do not consider (them) as (a) counterpart to our armed forces,” she said, referring to the South Korean military.
Her latest comments follow a first attack on Suh’s “reckless remarks” on Sunday warning the South to “discipline yourself if you want to avert disaster”.
North Korea had paused its long-range and nuclear tests amid a high-profile diplomatic row between Kim Jong Un and then-US President Donald Trump that collapsed in 2019. Talks have since stalled.
North Korea this month marks the 110th anniversary of the birth of founder Kim Il Sung – grandfather of current leader Kim.
Typically, Pyongyang likes to mark important domestic anniversaries with military parades, major weapons tests or satellite launches.
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