The North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has said during a large military parade in Pyongyang on Monday that he will expand nuclear weapons capacity “at the highest speed.”according to North Korean state media quoted by the southern Yonhap news agency.
kim He stressed that Pyongyang will prepare thoroughly to be able to use nuclear deterrence at any time and warned that any foreign force seeking a military confrontation “will cease to exist.”.
“Our essential mission is to dissuade to avoid a war scenario but we cannot allow our nuclear weapons to be limited only to prevent a war waiting for a situation to arise that we wish never to see on this earth”Kim added.
The speech took place during a large military parade that was held on Monday night to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the founding of the North Korean army and in which, in the absence of North Korean media publishing images, it is believed that some 20,000 troops participated. and hundreds of pieces of weaponry, including ballistic missiles, as captured by satellites.
Analysts had expected the parade to take place around midnight from Sunday to Monday, although rain in Pyongyang reportedly forced it to be postponed.
Sources close to the matter have already told the Yonhap agency that the parade started around 10:00 p.m. local time on Monday (1:00 p.m. GMT on Monday).
The anniversary comes at a time when North Korea, still cut off from the outside world by the pandemic, is conducting a record number of weapons tests, including the first of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in five years, ahead of complete a weapons modernization program approved last year.
Meanwhile, satellites have been capturing preparations for what is believed to be Pyongyang’s first nuclear test since 2017 for weeks.
In Seoul, which has been responding in turn with the development of new weapons assets, its new president, the conservative Yoon Suk-yeol, will assume power in two weeks, who has promised to maintain a less tolerant attitude towards the neighboring country to the north.
(With information from EFE)
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