Kim Jong Un says N Korea ‘ready to mobilise’ nuclear deterrent

by | Jul 27, 2022 | World

North Korean leader condemns United States and South Korea in speech to mark ‘Victory Day’, the Korean War armistice.In a speech to mark the armistice that ended fighting in the Korean War, known as ‘Victory Day’ in North Korea, Kim Jong Un said the threat posed by the United States required Pyongyang to build up its defence.
“Our armed forces are thoroughly prepared to respond to any crisis, and our nation’s nuclear war deterrence is also fully ready to mobilise its absolute strength faithfully, accurately and promptly to its mission,” he said, according to state media.
The speech came after officials in Seoul and Washington said North Korea had completed preparations to conduct its first nuclear test since 2017.
North Korea is likely to face stronger sanctions, including measures aimed at curbing its cyberattack capabilities if it goes ahead with the test, South Korea’s foreign minister said on Wednesday.
In his address, Kim said Washington continues “dangerous, illegal hostile acts” with South Korea against his country some 70 years after the war, and seeks to justify its behaviour by “demonising” it.
North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un meets a group of Korean War veterans during a celebration to mark ‘Victory Day’, the armistice that ended the fighting in the Korean War [KCNA via Reuters]
Leif-Eric Easley, a professor at Ewha University in Seoul, said the Victory Day speech could be seen as an attempt to “bolster national pride” in the face of South Korea’s successful post-armistice development.
“Kim’s rhetoric inflates external threats to justify his militarily focused and economically struggling regime,” he said in an email. “North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs are in violation of international law, but Kim tries to depict his destabilizing arms buildup as a righteous effort at …

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