North Korea issues fresh nuclear warning
after a meeting with senior officials involved in organizing a major
military parade earlier this week, Kim pointed to growing threats in a
world where “powers clash fiercely and keep getting stronger,” including in the nuclear sphere, arguing that “overwhelming” might is the only guarantee of his country’s security.
order to preemptively and thoroughly crush all threatening actions,
including the continued and aggravated nuclear threat by the hostile
forces, if necessary, the Party Central Committee will firmly maintain
the absolute superiority of our revolutionary force and continuously
raise it,” Kim said, as cited by the state-run KCNA.
The remarks follow a pledge from Kim earlier this week to “continue to take measures for further developing the nuclear forces of our state at the fastest possible speed,” insisting Pyongyang must be ready for a nuclear deployment “at any time” amid steadily rising tensions with the United States.
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 arms tests. Those
moves coincided not only with the Joe Biden presidency in Washington,
but a change in leadership in Seoul more recently, with South Korean
President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol taking a much harder line against the
north than the prior head of state.
Both Biden and Yoon’s
predecessors – presidents Donald Trump and Moon Jae-in, respectively –
made significant diplomatic inroads with Pyongyang, resulting in a
number of summits, including a historic face-to-face meeting at the
infamous demilitarized zone (DMZ). Those efforts later fizzled, however,
leaving relations between all sides in limbo before Biden took office