North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un asked to boost the production of several missile launch vehiclescalling it an important task in order to get prepared for a “military confrontation” with the enemy, North Korean media reported on Friday.
In a visit to a missile launch vehicle (TEL) factory, Kim said the production of various tactical and strategic weapons launchers was a key task for strengthen the country’s nuclear deterrentthe state news agency reported KCNA.
“Stressing that the position and role of the factory are very important…given the serious prevailing situation that requires the country to be more firmly prepared for a military confrontation with the enemy, he indicated the tasks that the factory must fulfill,” he said KCNA.
The state media report comes hours after the White House said Thursday that North Korea recently provided Russia with ballistic missiles and launchers for use in Moscow’s war against Ukraine, some of which Russia has already fired. .
Washington has been accusing Pyongyang for months of supplying military hardware to Moscow in exchange for Russian technical support to help the North advance its military capabilities. North Korea has denied transferring weapons to Moscow.
During a party meeting last week, Kim ordered his country’s military, munitions industry and nuclear weapons sector to accelerate war preparations, as In his view, US policy was making war inevitable.
“(Kim) specified the immediate plan for the production of TEL varieties, the long-term production plan and the task of production capacity,” he said. KCNA.
Last Monday, according to state media, Kim Jong-un also said that his army should “completely annihilate” the United States and South Korea if provoked.
The North Korean regime has increased its bellicose rhetoric in recent months in response to expanded military maneuvers between Washington and Seoul. Experts point out that he will continue to escalate his rhetoric and weapons tests because he could believe he can take advantage of the increase in tensions to obtain concessions from the United States if former President Donald Trump returns to the White House in the November presidential elections.
In a meeting with army officials on Sunday, Kim said it is urgent sharpen “the precious sword” to protect national security, in an apparent reference to Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program. He cited “the military confrontation movements of the United States and other hostile forces,” according to the KCNA.
At the Workers’ Party meeting, Kim called South Korea a “hemiplegic malformation and subordinate colonial state,” whose society is “contaminated by Yankee culture.” Furthermore, he noted that his military must use all means at its disposal, including the nuclear arsenal, to “suppress all South Korean territory” in the event of conflict.
Experts say this year there could be small-scale military clashes between the North and the South along their militarized border. In addition, they indicated that Pyongyang is expected to test intercontinental ballistic missiles that can reach US territory and other important weapons.
Since last year, Pyongyang has conducted more than 100 missile test launches, which led Washington and Seoul to reinforce their joint military maneuvers. The North has also sought to strengthen its relationship with China and Russia, which blocked efforts by the United States and its allies in the United Nations Security Council to toughen sanctions against it over weapons tests.
Estimates of the size of North Korea’s nuclear arsenal vary, ranging from 20 or 30 bombs to more than 100. Many foreign experts point out that Pyongyang still has to overcome some technological obstacles to produce functioning nuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missiles, although Shorter-range nuclear projectiles can reach South Korea and Japan.
(With information from AP and Reuters)