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North Korea says the United States is seeking an excuse for NATO in Asia between South Korea and Japan

SeoulNorth Korea agrees between US, South Korea andJapanto strengthen military cooperation Criticized-arguing that forming a military alliance like NATO in the region is part of the US plan.

A North Korean foreign ministry spokesman said the same to the question asked by KCNA, the state news agency reported on Sunday.

"The reality is that the real purpose of the United States to spread rumors about the'threat from North Korea'is to provide an excuse for gaining military hegemony in the Asia-Pacific region. It's clearly shown, "said a spokesman.

"The current situation calls for more urgent need to build national defenses to proactively address the rapid deterioration of the security environment," a spokesman added.

Last week, US President Joe Biden, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, and South Korean President Yun Suk-yul met at the NATO summit last week to see the progress of North Korea's nuclear and missile programs. Agreed to pose a serious threat. Not only the Korean Peninsula, but East Asia and the world.

They said they would seek further means to strengthen the"extended deterrence"against North Korea.

North Korea is conducting missile tests at an unprecedented pace this year and is believed to be preparing for another nuclear test.

"We need to strengthen the deterrence of the Japan-US and US-ROK alliance as part of an important effort to strengthen the trilateral partnership between Japan, the US and South Korea," said Fumio Kishida.

The relationship between Japan and South Korea has long been tense due to the memory of Japan's occupation of the Korean Peninsula from 1910 to 1945.

Under the former president of South Korea, Moon Jae-in, relations have deteriorated to the worst in a few years. -So, Spats over territory and history and the two countries have canceled the information sharing agreement. However, Yun has expressed his desire to repair the tie, and Kishida seems to be reacting favorably.