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North Korean leader reveals nuclear target

SEOUL –

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said his country intends to have the most powerful nuclear force in the world as he promoted dozens of military officers involved in a recent new ballistic missile launch. state media reported on Sunday.

The announcement came after Kim oversaw the test of the Hwasong-17, North Korea’s largest intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on November 18 and pledged to counter what he called a threat. US nuclear threat.

“North Korea’s ultimate goal is to possess the most powerful strategic force in the world, an absolute force unmatched in a century,” Kim said in a promotion order for officers, adding. that the building of the country’s nuclear capacity will reliably protect the dignity and sovereignty of the country. state and people.

He described the Hwasong-17 as “the world’s most powerful strategic weapon” and said it demonstrated North Korea’s determination and ability to build the world’s strongest military.

North Korean scientists have made “a great step forward in developing the technology to mount a nuclear warhead on a ballistic missile” and are expected to expand and strengthen the country’s nuclear deterrence. at lightning speed, Mr. Kim was also quoted.

Kim is pictured with scientists, engineers and military officials participating in the test.

According to state media, those workers pledged to protect the “absolute power” of the party and Kim, and stated that “our rockets will only fly strongly in the direction specified by Mr. Kim”.

Capable of reaching the US mainland, the launch of the Hwasong-17 rocket prompted the United States to call for a statement by the President of the United Nations Security Council holding North Korea accountable for the missile tests that had been carried out. prohibited by Security Council resolutions.

State media also showed Kim Jong Un’s daughter accompanying him as he reviewed the officers. Her surprise first appearance at the Hwasong-17 test raised the prospect that authoritarian state leadership could be transferred to a fourth generation of Kim.

The powerful Standing Committee of the Supreme People’s Assembly of North Korea awarded the Hwasong-17 rocket with the title of “Hero of the DPRK and the Order of the Gold Star and the Order of the National Flag first class”, the news agency reported. state KCNA reported in another statement, using the country’s initials. official name, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

“(The missile) has clearly demonstrated to the world that the DPRK is a full-fledged nuclear power capable of opposing the nuclear supremacy of the US imperialists and fully demonstrating its power as a nuclear power. is the most powerful ICBM country,” KCNA wrote.


(Reporting by Josh Smith; Editing by Leslie Adler and Edwina Gibbs)



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