Kim Jong-un says North Korea is ready to assemble its nuclear weapons in preparation for potential conflict with enemy nations.
Addressing war veterans on the 69th anniversary of 1950-1953 Korean War armistice, the dictator claimed they were ready to mobilise its weapons ‘dutifully’ and ‘swiftly’.
According to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), he said: “Our armed forces are completely prepared to respond to any crisis, and our country’s nuclear war deterrent is also ready to mobilise its absolute power dutifully, exactly and swiftly in accordance with its mission.”
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He then said the United States have ‘demonised’ his country in order to justify its ‘hostile’ policies towards it.
Kim also said military drill relations between the US and South Korea showed ‘double standards’ and a ‘gangster-like’ mentality.
Kim then took aim at South Korean President Suk-yeol, calling him a ‘confrontational maniac’.
Yoon, who only took on presidential duties in May, has been working on strengthening South Korea’s military alliance with the United States.
Kim said: “Talking about military action against our nation, which possess absolute weapons that they fear the most, is preposterous and is very dangerous suicidal action.
“Such a dangerous attempt will be immediately punished by our powerful strength and the Yoon Suk-yeol government and his military will be annihilated.”
No stranger to discussion around nuclear capabilities, Kim said in April that North Korea could preemptively deploy its weapons of mass destruction ‘if threatened’.
The KCNA reported Kim said at the time: “In particular, the nuclear forces, the symbol of our national strength and the core of our military power, should be strengthened in terms of both quality and scale, so that they can perform nuclear combat capabilities in any situations of warfare, according to purpose and missions of different operations and by various means.
“The fundamental mission of our nuclear forces is to deter a war, but our nukes can never be confined to the single mission of war deterrent even at a time when a situation we are not desirous of at all is created on this land.”
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