On January 6, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un conveyed messages of sympathy to Japan and Iran following the recent tragic events in both countries, as reported by state media.
In Japan, a deadly earthquake struck the Noto Peninsula on New Year’s Day, and the death toll is approaching 100. Kim Jong Un expressed his condolences to Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, expressing hope that the affected areas would recover and return to stability soon, according to the state media KCNA.
Meanwhile, in Iran, two bomb blasts claimed by the Islamic State resulted in the loss of nearly 100 lives on January 3. Kim Jong Un extended his sympathies to Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and reiterated North Korea’s firm stance against all forms of terrorism, as reported by KCNA.
It is noteworthy that on January 5, North Korea engaged in the firing of more than 200 artillery rounds near a disputed maritime border with South Korea. In response, the South initiated “corresponding” actions by conducting live fire drills.