The North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, said today that his country will continue to advance the development of nuclear weapons and expand its arsenal, just one day after shooting up the tension by officially entering into a “state of war” with the South.
The armed forces of the country with nuclear capability “should be extended and strengthened qualitatively and quantitatively until the denuclearization of the world becomes a reality,” explained the leader in opening plenary today before members of the Workers Party of North Korea.
The assembly has not met since September 2010, but today, Kim defined the new communist regime’s political strategy on two pillars: the “economic progress” and the “development of nuclear potential” of the country, said the state agency KCNA.
The young leader, whose age is estimated at 29 or 30 years, said that the possession of nuclear weapons by North Korea “should be fixed by law”, reflecting the country’s intention to formalize its status as a nuclear state.
In addition, Kim promised to launch more satellites into space, as his country successfully launched into orbit last December that ended with new UN sanctions as the globalist organization said it saw it as a disguised missile test.
The KCNA news agency reported that nuclear weapons are not a “political currency”, or used “for economic negotiations,” an apparent reference to the widespread belief in South Korea and the United States that Pyongyang used its atomic program to obtain concessions from abroad through blackmail.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, has defended the extension “quantity and quality” of its nuclear arsenal to deal with the threats he feels come from the United States, according to state news agency KCNA.
South Korea responds with fire
South Korea announced today that it will conduct joint military exercises in April on its territory along with the U.S. Navy to test its ability deal with potential provocations by the North Korean regime.
Seoul’s announcement comes after Saturday North Korea declared it had entered into a “state of war” with the South into an intense escalation of threats from the communist country.
The South Korean military said the exercises will include exercises and joint operations to test their units. The report by the South Korean government also revealed that U.S. Marines who are in the country for these exercises will be invited to take part in “technical discussions for the preparation of possible North Korean provocations.”
In response to escalating threats carried out in recent weeks by the regime in Pyongyang, the South Korean military said it intends to maintain a “high state of readiness to potential provocations,” the local agency Yonhap reported.
At present, South Korea and the U.S. are conducting joint maneuvers which are part of their annual Key Resolve Operation. The military drills involve some 10,000 U.S. troops and 3,500 South Koreans, in addition to an aircraft carrier and fighter jets. These exercises are combined with exercises that belong to operation Foal Eagle where joint forces of both countries have been practicing for war scenarios.
Washington and Seoul want to ensure that they tackle issues related to defensive maneuvers while Pyongyang considers an invasion. The U.S. keeps 28,500 troops in south Korea as a legacy of the Korean War (1950-53) and with the commitment to defend its ally in case of a confrontation with the communist regime. In fact, several American F-22 stealth fighters have arrived to South Korea on Sunday to participate in new military maneuvers, as reported by the U.S. Department of Defense.
The F-22 are normally used in the Kadena Air Base in Japan, but today they reached the Osan Air Base. These are the most advanced fighters in the United States right now and are able to inadvertently operate under the radar and hidden from anti-aircraft systems.
This new show of force comes after overflights of B-52 and B-2 with capacity to launch nuclear bombs. These exercises are interpreted as provocations by North Korea.
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