US Intention to Create 'Asian NATO' Could Destabilize Region – N Korea’s Embassy

© REUTERS / U.S. Department of Defense, Missile Defense Agency/Handout Two Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptors are launched during a successful intercept test.
Two Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptors are launched during a successful intercept test. - Sputnik International
Washington's alleged intention to create a NATO-like organization in Asia, involving South Korea and Japan, poses danger to stability in Northeast Asia, the North Korean Embassy in Russia said in a press release on Wednesday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – According to Pyongyang, the United States had already started deployment of 3,500 soldiers in South Korea and had informed the Japanese authorities about its intention to deploy 16 US F-35 fighter jets in Japan since 2017, the press release read.

"This is a part of a dangerous scenario, aimed at forming US-led Asian version of NATO," the embassy said in a press release sent to RIA Novosti, adding that establishment of a military bloc in the Northeast Asia would allow the United States to turn the region into the arena for military confrontation.

Pyongyang stressed, that the US strategy "poses danger to peace and security in the Asia-Pacific region."

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watches landing and anti-landing exercises being carried out by the Korean People's Army (KPA) at an unknown location, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on March 20, 2016 - Sputnik International
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The embassy added that the United States intended to use the military alliance with Japan and South Korea to strengthen its influence in the region to contain DPRK, China and Russia.

In July, South Korea and the United States announced that they had agreed to deploy the US THAAD system, designed to intercept short, medium and intermediate ballistic missiles at the terminal incoming stage, in the Seongju County amid increased tensions on the peninsula over North Korea's nuclear and missile program.

China and Russia are both opposed to the THAAD deployment, arguing the system could be applied beyond deterring North Korea and affect Chinese and Russian interests in the region. However, Japan expressed approval of the plan, stressing that THAAD deployment would contribute to establishing peace and stability in the region.

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