North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, said today the country has achieved a “rapid development” of its strategic weaponry and it represents “a substantial nuclear threat” for the United States, during a speech distributed by the state agency KCNA .
Kim Jong-un spoke during a meeting of high-ranking Workers Party officials after Pyongyang tested its most successful intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) to date at the end of November and, according to the regime, is capable of carry a large atomic head and reach all of the US territory. The “rapid development of the nuclear potential of the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, official name of the country) now exerts a great influence on the political structure of the world and the strategic environment,” the North Korean leader said in his opening speech. “No one can deny that the DPRK has emerged as a strategic state capable of presenting a substantial nuclear threat to the United States,” said Kim Jong-un in his speech picked up by the KCNA and delivered at the fifth Conference of Commitees Presidents of the North Korean Party. from the workers.
North Korean regime leader also stressed that Pyongyang faces “serious challenges that should not be underestimated,” though he called on the North Korean people to be “optimistic about the progress of the revolution” rather than feeling “disappointed or frightened” by such challenges. Kim Jong-un made this speech on the same day that the UN Security Council plans to vote on a new proposal from the United States to expand sanctions against the isolated Asian country, in response to the aforementioned test with a ballistic missile the past November 29th.
If approved, the resolution would further cut Pyongyang’s access to hydrocarbons and order the repatriation of North Koreans working outside the country, according to diplomatic sources. Washington argues that the income earned by many of these workers in places like Russia or China is used by the Kim Jong-un regime to finance its nuclear and missile program.