- “While strengthening our nuclear war deterrent, we need to do everything in order to build the most powerful military.”
- "The real intention of its policy toward the DPRK will never change, whoever comes into power," Kim added, without mentioning Mr. Biden by name.
- Kim Yo-jong, the sister of the North Korean leader, has hurled insults at the South Korean military.
North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un, has vowed to “reinforce” the nuclear arsenal of his country. The dictator spoke during his closing speech of the congress of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK), as reported by the nation’s state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on Wednesday.
The speech takes place just a week before Joe Biden’s inauguration as President of the United States.
“While strengthening our nuclear war deterrent, we need to do everything in order to build the most powerful military,” KCNA cited him as telling the party congress.
During the congress that lasted eight days— twice as long as the last congress of the WPK in 2016— Kim Jon Un also lashed out strongly at the United States, calling it the main obstacle to the development of his country’s revolution, and its main enemy.
“The real intention of its policy toward the DPRK will never change, whoever comes into power,” he added, without mentioning Mr. Biden by name.
Kim declared that North Korea has concluded its plans to develop a nuclear submarine, which will be a strategic turning point. He also emphasized the list of weapons targets, such as supersonic nuclear warheads, military reconnaissance satellites and fuel ICBMs.
The North’s arms programs have accelerated since Kim came to power, including the most powerful nuclear bomb to date, and missiles capable of reaching the United States.
At the October military parade, North Korea displayed its new gigantic intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which, according to analysts, is the world’s largest liquid fuel that can travel by road.
Kim Yo-Jong Criticizes Seoul
Elsewhere, Kim Yo-jong, the sister of the North Korean leader, has hurled insults at the South Korean military for monitoring the celebrations of the one-party congress that ended Tuesday in Pyongyang, KCNA reported.
“They are the idiot and top the world’s list in misbehavior as they are only keen on things provoking world laughter,” Kim Yo-jong said of the southern armed forces.
She accused Seoul of displaying a “hostile attitude” for monitoring movements in Pyongyang in recent days to verify the celebration of a military parade on the occasion of the congress.
KCNA, in turn, reported that the Workers’ Party congress concluded Tuesday with Kim Jong Un insisting on strengthening “nuclear deterrence” and “military capabilities,” after warning the United States that his regime will begin testing new arms if the dialogue on denuclearization is not unblocked.
Since December, satellite photos have shown troop rehearsals in Pyongyang for a parade, an event in which the regime sometimes displays new weapons. This suggested that the party’s meeting would conclude with a military entourage, as happened in the previous congress of 2016.
South Korean military intelligence reported that intense movement of vehicles and troops was captured in the North Korean capital last Sunday, although it is not yet clear whether it was a final rehearsal or the parade itself.