North Korea plans to develop a new strategic weapon, Kim Jong Un said
PYONGYANG, (BM) – North Korea’s leader plans to further develop nuclear programmes and to introduce a “new strategic weapon” in the near future, state media said on Wednesday, although he signalled there was still room for dialogue with the United States, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
Kim Jong Un presided over a four-day meeting of top Workers’ Party officials this week amid rising tensions with the United States, which has not responded to his repeated calls for concessions to reopen negotiations. Washington has dismissed the deadline as artificial.
Kim said there were no grounds for North Korea to be bound any longer by a self-declared moratorium on testing nuclear bombs and intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM), according to a statement on the results of the policy meeting carried by the official KCNA news agency.
At times smiling or striking the podium with his hand as he made remarks during the meeting, Kim accused the United States of making “gangster-like demands” and maintaining a “hostile policy”, such as by holding continued joint military drills with South Korea, adopting cutting edge weapons and imposing sanctions.
He pledged to continue bolstering his country’s nuclear deterrent but said the “scope and depth” of that deterrent will be “properly co-ordinated depending on” the attitude of the United States.
“The world will witness a new strategic weapon to be possessed by the DPRK in the near future,” Kim said, using the initials for North Korea’s official name – the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
“We will reliably put on constant alert the powerful nuclear deterrent capable of containing the nuclear threats from the U.S. and guaranteeing our long-term security.”
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said it would be “deeply disappointing” if Kim reneges on denuclearisation commitments and Kim would hopefully “choose peace and prosperity over conflict and war.”
In his latest comments on Tuesday in the United States, President Donald Trump said he had a good relationship with Kim and thought the North Korean leader would keep his word.
“He likes me, I like him. We get along. He’s representing his country, I’m representing my country. We have to do what we have to do.
“But he did sign a contract, he did sign an agreement talking about denuclearisation,” Trump told reporters at his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida.
Seoul’s Unification Ministry in charge of inter-Korean affairs said large-scale joint military drills with the United States had been halted and it would be unhelpful for negotiations if North Korea took action to introduce what it called a new strategic weapon.
There were no official reports as of early afternoon on Wednesday in South Korea that Kim had delivered an annual New Year’s address.
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