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The United States creates a “Space Force” to counter North Korea’s threats


South Korean government sources announced yesterday that the US forces stationed in South Korea (USFK) will establish a space force unit, in light of the North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile threats, and to achieve integrated deterrence, while Chinese President Xi Jinping offered Ping, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un must cooperate for world peace, as the Japanese government prepares to review its National Security Strategy next month.

The sources added that the US Department of Defense intends to form a command of the US Space Force, within the US forces stationed in South Korea, USFK, by the end of this year, according to the KBS World broadcasting network. South Korean.

In its recent strategy on national security, which was recently announced, the US military stated that it is pressing for the establishment of space commands in its combat commands, in addition to achieving integrated deterrence in all fields.

The US Space Force, which was established in 2019, controls space assets, such as satellites, and other control and monitoring missions, including those related to missile defense.

In addition, Chinese President Xi Jinping offered North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, in a message, cooperation to “accelerate peace” in the world, according to the official North Korean news agency.

The move comes as tensions are at their peak on the Korean peninsula, following a record series of missile tests by Pyongyang, while Seoul, Washington and Tokyo have boosted military cooperation between them.

Pyongyang launched an intercontinental ballistic missile on November 18. Kim Jong Un threatened the United States with a nuclear response if his country was attacked.

In response to a message from Kim, who congratulated him on his reappointment at the helm of the Communist Party of China and the Chinese state, Xi said: “The world, era and history are undergoing unprecedented changes, and in the face of this new situation, I am ready to contribute positively with you to accelerating peace, stability, development and prosperity in the region.” And the rest of the world.”

China is North Korea’s most important ally and trading partner, which is under severe UN sanctions over its nuclear and missile programmes.

After a meeting of the UN Security Council last Monday, China and Russia refused to join the 13 other council members, including the United States, India, France and Britain, that condemned Pyongyang’s launch of intercontinental ballistic missiles on November 18.

Last May, Beijing and Moscow vetoed a draft resolution submitted by Washington to strengthen sanctions against North Korea.

During an interview last week on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Bali, US President Joe Biden asked his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, to tell North Korea not to conduct a new nuclear test.

“Our diplomacy will certainly seek to get China to join the countries that publicly condemn it and use its influence to persuade North Korea not to conduct the test,” a US official said afterwards.

In Japan, the Fumio Kishida government is preparing to review the national security strategy next month, and defense officials said that Japan’s current defense system is insufficient to face a ballistic missile attack, especially if several missiles are launched simultaneously.

Japan intends to redesign its current surface-to-air guided missiles, so that it can intercept hypersonic missiles, which are believed to be under development by countries such as China and Russia, and this also comes in light of North Korea’s missile launches, some of which fall in Sea of ​​Japan.

The Chinese president offers the North Korean leader cooperation for world peace.