Seoul | State media reported Saturday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has reiterated that Pyongyang may have “preventive” use of nuclear weapons to counter enemy forces.
The leader told senior officials that in order to ‘maintain absolute dominance’ of North Korea’s armed forces, the country must ‘have all dangerous attempts and threats if necessary and be prevented in advance’, according to official KCNA news. Agency.
Kim Jong Un said that Pyongyang must continue to develop its arsenal in order to have “an unprecedented military force in the world”.
According to him, this is a “lifeline that guarantees the security of our country”.
During a solemn military parade on April 25, he confirmed that he could resort to a nuclear arsenal if North Korea’s “basic interests” were threatened.
Kim Jong Un reiterated these remarks during a meeting with senior officials who praised him for his work during a military parade on April 25 as part of the 90th anniversary of the Korean People’s Revolutionary Army.
The most powerful intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) were demonstrated on this occasion.
Despite severe international sanctions, North Korea has continued to modernize its military.
Since the beginning of the year, Pyongyang has conducted more than a dozen tests, including the launch of the first long-range intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) since 2017.
The country continues to ignore Washington’s proposals to resume talks.
Analysts say the North Korean leader’s remarks could be aimed at electing South Korea’s new president, Conservative Yun Suk-yol, on May 10.
Mr Eun promised to work harder to counter provocations from the north.
Analysts say Kim Jong Un warns Seoul is not ready for talks with the new government.
“Mr. Kim’s remarks show that he does not want to be involved with the new administration or resume nuclear disarmament talks with the United States,” said Leaf-Eric Easley, a professor of international studies at the university. Eva University in Seoul.