North Korea’s leader, mr. Kim Jong-Un, pledged Monday to create stronger weapons, only days after the nation launched its first intercontinental ballistic missile in more than four years.
The remark implies that North Korea may conduct further launches or perhaps nuclear tests in the near future as it seeks to update its arsenal and boost pressure on the Biden administration while nuclear talks remain stuck.
The North conducted its 12th set of weapons tests this year on Thursday, launching the newly built, long-range Hwasong-17, which analysts say was meant to reach anyplace on the US mainland.
According to the official Korean Central News Agency, Mr. Kim Jong-un stressed his determination to build up the country’s offensive capabilities to deal with threats during a picture session with scientists and others engaged in the Hwasong-17 test.
“Only when one is armed with fearsome striking capabilities, overwhelming military might that no one can stop can one avert a conflict, ensure the security of the nation, and contain and bring under control all threats and blackmails by the imperialists,” Kim Jong-un was cited as saying by KCNA.