TOKYO, 29 Oct â€” RIA Novosti. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in a statement released on Sunday in the newspaper “Yomiuri” interview expressed the view that European countries and countries-members of NATO are within the reach of the missiles of the DPRK, but the North Atlantic Alliance has the capabilities and determination to strike back in case of provocative actions.
“We recognize that Europe is also within the reach of the missiles (North Korea â€” ed.). NATO countries are also under threat… NATO has the capabilities and determination to strike back”, â€” quotes the words of Stoltenberg in the edition.
Alongside, the NATO Secretary General stressed the need for increasing pressure on North Korea with the aim of negotiating.
“We need to increase pressure on DPRK to bring it to the negotiating table. We strongly support the economic sanctions,” â€” said Stoltenberg.
The DPRK, despite pressure from the international community, continues to develop its missile and nuclear programs. On 3 September, the DPRK announced the successful test of a hydrogen warhead, which is designed to equip Intercontinental ballistic missiles.
The military of Japan and South Korea have previously estimated the power of the tested charge 160 kilotons, which is ten times the power of the atomic bombs dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. It was the sixth nuclear test by Pyongyang. The week before the DPRK tested a ballistic missile that flew over Japan.
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