South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol vowed to take action against North Korea in response to the communist nation's recent "provocations" on Friday. Addressing a ceremony at the Daejeon national cemetery to commemorate the anniversary of West Sea Defense Day, Yoon declared that South Korea would "drastically strengthen our three-axis system in the face of North Korea's nuclear and missile advancements and provocations and will further solidify security cooperation with the United States and also trilaterally with the United States and Japan." His remarks followed North Korea's claim that it had successfully simulated cruise missile attacks and an underwater nuclear drone launch. Kim Jong Un, leader of North Korea, responded by threatening to plunge South Korea and the United States "into despair" due to their ongoing joint military drills. In response, Yoon promised that North Korea would "pay the price for its reckless provocations." However, the North Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs warned earlier this week that any attempt to force the country into denuclearizing would be equivalent to a declaration of war. Jo, a ministry representative, stated, "The pressure on the DPRK to dismantle its nukes precisely means a declaration of war." [tweet_embed]March 24, 2023[/tweet_embed] Despite the potential for further confrontation, the South Korean President's strong stance signals that his government is determined to protect its citizens from the escalating threats from the North.