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Kim Jong Un says North Korea’s goal is to have world’s strongest nuclear force


SEOUL –

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has said his country’s ultimate goal is to possess the most powerful nuclear force in the world, as he promoted dozens of military officers involved in the recent launch of the largest ballistic missile from North Korea, state media reported on Sunday.

The announcement comes after Kim inspected a test of the country’s new Hwasong-17 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and pledged to counter US nuclear threats with nuclear weapons on November 18.

The construction of the nuclear force aims to reliably protect the dignity and sovereignty of the state and the people, and “its ultimate goal is to possess the most powerful strategic force in the world, the absolute force unprecedented in the century “, Kim said in the order promoting the officers.

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

North Korean scientists have made a “tremendous leap forward in the development of technology for mounting nuclear warheads on ballistic missiles”, Kim said, without giving further details.

Posing for photos with the scientists, engineers, military officials and others involved in the test, Kim said he expects them to continue expanding and strengthening the country’s nuclear deterrent at an extraordinarily rapid rate. .

These workers took an oath of allegiance and faith to the ruling party, vowing to uphold the “absolute authority” of the party and Kim, and swearing that “our missiles will fly vigorously only in the direction indicated” by him.

They said that Kim “carefully taught us one by one” when developing the Hwasong-17.

Capable of reaching the American mainland, the missile’s launch prompted the United States to seek a presidential statement from the United Nations Security Council to hold North Korea accountable for its missile tests, which are prohibited by resolutions of the Security Council.

The powerful Standing Committee of North Korea’s Supreme People’s Congress awarded the Hwasong-17 missile the title of “Hero of the DPRK and Gold Star Medal and National Flag Order 1st Class”, reported KCNA in another statement, using the initials of the country’s official name, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

“(The missile) has clearly proved to the world that the DPRK is a full-fledged nuclear power capable of opposing the nuclear supremacy of the US imperialists and has fully demonstrated its power as the strongest ICBM state,” said KCNA.

The test firing demonstrated that North Korea will react similarly to “the enemy’s nuclear and frontal attack”, according to the report.


(Reporting by Josh Smith; Editing by Leslie Adler)

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