North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has vowed to take decisive action and ‘crush’ any ‘hostile’ foreign power, just days after saying Pyongyang would advance its own atomic arsenal ‘at the fastest speed possible”.
Speaking after a meeting with senior officials involved in the organization of a major military parade earlier this week, Kim highlighted the growing threats in a world where “the powers are fiercely clashing and growing stronger”. , including in the nuclear field, arguing that “overwhelming” power is the only guarantee of his country’s security.
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“In order to preemptively and comprehensively crush all threatening actions, including the continued and aggravated nuclear threat by hostile forces, if necessary, the Party Central Committee will firmly uphold the absolute superiority of our revolutionary force and continuously increase it. “, said Kim, as cited by the state-owned KCNA.
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The remarks follow Kim’s pledge earlier this week to ‘continue to take steps to further develop our state’s nuclear forces at the fastest possible speed’, insisting that Pyongyang must be ready for deployment nuclear “at any time” amid growing tensions. with the United States.
Pyongyang has carried out a series of weapons tests this year, including an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), its first such launch since 2017 following a self-imposed moratorium on major weapons tests. These moves have coincided not only with Joe Biden’s presidency in Washington, but also with a change in leadership in Seoul more recently, with South Korean President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol taking a much tougher line against the North than the former head of state.
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Biden’s and Yoon’s predecessors – Presidents Donald Trump and Moon Jae-in, respectively – made significant diplomatic inroads with Pyongyang, culminating in a number of summits, including a historic face-to-face meeting. in the infamous Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). Those efforts later fell through, however, leaving relations between all parties in limbo before Biden took office in 2021.
RT with additional entry by GVS News Desk