North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said his country plans to build the world’s most powerful nuclear force, promoting dozens of military personnel involved in the recent launch of a new ballistic missile, state media reported Sunday.
The announcement comes after Kim test-fired North Korea’s largest intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), the Hwasong-17, on November 18 and vowed to counter the US nuclear threat.
North Korea’s “ultimate goal is to possess the most powerful strategic forces in the world, absolute forces unprecedented in this century,” Kim said in an order promoting officers, adding that developing the country’s nuclear capabilities would surely protect the country’s dignity and sovereignty. country and people.
He described the Hwasong-17 as “the world’s most powerful strategic weapon” and said it demonstrated North Korea’s determination and ability to eventually build the world’s most powerful military.
North Korean scientists have made a “magnificent leap forward in the development of technologies for mounting nuclear warheads on ballistic missiles” and were expected to expand and strengthen the country’s nuclear deterrent at an extremely rapid pace, Kim was also quoted as saying.
Kim was pictured in photographs posing with scientists, engineers and military personnel involved in the test.
State media reports that these workers have pledged to defend the party’s and Kim’s “absolute authority” and have promised that “our missiles will vigorously fly only in the direction indicated by Kim.”
Capable of reaching the US mainland, the launch of the Hwasong-17 prompted the US to call for a presidential statement by the UN Security Council to hold North Korea accountable for its missile tests, which are banned by Security Council resolutions.
State media also showed Kim Jong-un’s daughter accompanying him as he inspected the officers. Her surprise first appearance at the Hwasong-17 test has raised the prospect that the leadership of the totalitarian country could pass to the fourth generation of Kims.
North Korea’s powerful Standing Committee of the Supreme People’s Assembly has awarded the Hwasong-17 missile “the Hero of the DPRK and the Gold Star Medal and Order of the National Flag, 1st class,” state news agency KCNA said in another statement, using the initials of the country’s name. official name, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
“(The missile) clearly proved to the world that the DPRK is a full-fledged nuclear power capable of confronting US imperialist nuclear rule, and fully demonstrated its strength as the most powerful ICBM nation,” KCNA said.
Josh Smith reports; Edited by Leslie Adler and Edwina Gibbs
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