Kim Jong-un made the statement at a meeting with North Korean officials, scientists, technicians and workers who helped launch a rocket on Thursday
North Korea will continue to develop “impressive striking capabilities” that cannot be traded or sold for anything, leader Kim Jong-un said in a chilling threat.
The dictator made the statement at a meeting with officials, scientists, technicians and workers who helped launch a rocket on Thursday.
North Korea said it was its largest ICBM, state news agency KCNA reported.
Dubbed the Hwasong-17, the missile is capable of hitting targets in most areas of the world, including the United States.
It was nuclear-armed North Korea’s first full-scale ICBM test since 2017, and leader Kim said it was designed to demonstrate the might of its nuclear forces and deter any US military moves.
“It is only by being equipped with tremendous strike capability, overwhelming military power that no one can stop, that one can prevent a war, guarantee the security of the country and contain and control all the threats and blackmail by the imperialists,” Kim said , According to the report.
While personally overseeing the test Thursday, Kim said the new ICBM should help deter United States military action.
The US is technically still at war with the North after the 1950-1953 Korean War ended in a truce rather than a peace deal.
Washington has tried to pressure Pyongyang to give up or reduce its arsenal of nuclear weapons and ICBMs that can potentially hit targets in the United States.
But Kim said his self-defense powers “cannot be bartered or bought with anything.”
It would be held without the slightest faltering despite hard trials and difficulties.
North Korea will continue to build a “more perfect and stronger strategic force,” Kim said, referring to the country’s nuclear forces.
The United States said on Friday it would tighten UN sanctions on North Korea over “increasingly dangerous provocations.”
However, China and Russia signaled resistance and instead advocated easing these measures.
North Korea said Thursday’s missile was the Hwasong-17, and Japan and South Korea confirmed flight data showed the launch flew higher and longer than any previous North Korean test.
But analysts said state media coverage appeared to be attempting to share footage from an earlier launch.
South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported Sunday that intelligence officials in Seoul and Washington believe the North has indeed tested an older and slightly smaller Hwasong-15 ICBM.
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