DEFIANT Kim Jong-un has vowed to boost his nuclear arsenal while once again branding the US his country’s “biggest enemy.”
The chilling threat is being seen as a stark challenge to incoming president Joe Biden just days before he takes over at the White House.
Kim Jong-un insisted North Korea needed to boost its nuclear arsenal[/caption]
In a fiery speech, the North Korean leader ordered his military to develop hypersonic missiles with “super-large warheads”, underwater nukes, spy satellites and nuclear-powered subs.
“Our foreign political activities should be focused and redirected on subduing the U.S., our biggest enemy and main obstacle to our innovated development,” Kim said a top level party meeting in Pyongyang.
“No matter who is in power in the U.S., the true nature of the U.S. and its fundamental policies towards North Korea never change,” he added as he vowed to expand ties with “anti-imperialist, independent forces.”
North Korea would not “misuse” its nukes, Kim promised but he said the country is expanding its nuclear arsenal, including “preemptive” and “retaliatory” strike capabilities.
The rogue state is now preparing for the test and production of various new weapons, including a “multi-warhead rocket” and “supersonic gliding flight warheads for new type ballistic rockets”, he revealed.
He ordered his military to develop hypersonic missiles with ‘super-large warheads[/caption]
Kim was speaking at the 8th Congress of the Workers’ Party in Pyongyang[/caption]
His claims came just days after the Sun Online told how it was reported his military is currently developing 4,000 MPH hypersonic nuke missiles to blitz through America’s defences.
“Kim pretty much showed what’s on his mind… submarine missiles, better ICBMs and other advanced arms,” said Yoo Ho-yeol, professor of North Korean studies at Korea University in Seoul.
“He is saying thats basically what Washington will see going forward, which could escalate tension or open doors for talks.”
There was no immediate comment on Kim’s speech from the U.S. State Department and a spokesman for the Biden campaign declined to comment, reported Reuters.
However, Biden, who was vice president under President Barack Obama, called Kim a “thug” during his election campaign and in 2019 North Korea called Biden a “rabid dog” that needed to be “beaten to death with a stick.”
Kim had three unprecedented meetings with President Donald Trump and the two infamously corresponded in a series of letters, but those efforts failed to lead to a denuclearisation deal.
Missile-mad Kim has made no secret of his controversial nuclear ambitions[/caption]
Biden said in October that he would meet Kim only on the condition that North Korea agreed to cut back its nuclear capacity.
Besides U.S. and defence policy, Kim spoke at greater length on proposals for a five-year economic plan due to be announced at the congress, which he said would continue a focus on building an independent economy.
“The basic seeds and themes of the new five-year economic development plan are still self-reliance and self-sufficiency,” he said.
Among the plans are building energy-saving steel plants, significantly increasing chemical goods, boosting electricity production, and securing more coal mines, Kim said.
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The congress took steps toward “strengthening the united guidance and strategic management of the state over the economic work.”
North Korea faces growing crises caused by international sanctions over its nuclear programme, as well as self-imposed lockdowns to prevent a coronavirus outbreak.
“In practical terms, there’s a disconnect between North Korea’s dire internal economic situation and this ambitious nuclear and military modernisation agenda,”