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Kim Jong Un says North Korea aims to have the world’s strongest nuclear force

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has promoted dozens of military officers involved in the recent launch of a new ballistic missile that will make the country the world’s most powerful nuclear powerhouse. It has indicated its intention to have military strength, state media reported on Sunday.

Announcement Comes After Kim Examining the November 18 test He launched Hwasong-17, North Korea’s largest intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), promising to counter what he called the US nuclear threat.

North Korea’s “ultimate goal is to possess the most powerful strategic force in the world, an absolute force unprecedented in this century,” Kim said in an officer promotion order, building the country’s nuclear capabilities. Doing so would certainly protect the dignity and sovereignty of North Korea, he added. nation and nation.

He described Hwasong-17 as “the world’s most powerful strategic weapon” and said it demonstrated North Korea’s determination and ability to ultimately build the world’s most powerful military.

North Korean scientists have made a “great leap forward in developing the technology to mount nuclear warheads on ballistic missiles” and are expected to expand and strengthen North Korea’s nuclear deterrent at an alarming rate. said Kim.

In this photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on September 8, 2022, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un passes a law formally enacting a nuclear weapons policy in Pyongyang, North Korea. Speech at the Supreme People’s Assembly. )/file photo

Kim was pictured posing with scientists, engineers and military personnel involved in the test.

According to state media, the workers pledged to protect the party and Kim Jong-un’s “absolute authority,” vowing that “our missiles will only fly in the direction indicated by Kim Jong-un.”

With the launch of Mars 17, which can reach the US mainland, the US has called for the UN Security Council to convene. presidential statement Hold North Korea accountable for missile tests prohibited by Security Council resolutions.

State media also indicated that Kim Jong-un’s daughter reviewed the cops with him. First impression The Mars-17 experiment has increased the likelihood that a totalitarian leader will be succeeded by a fourth generation Kim.

North Korea’s powerful Standing Committee of the Supreme People’s Assembly has awarded the Hwasong-17 missile the title of “Hero of North Korea and the Order of the Gold Star and the National Flag First Class,” state news agency KCNA said in a separate statement. reported using the initials of Official name: Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

The Korean Central News Agency said, “[The missile]will clearly prove to the world that North Korea is a complete nuclear power and capable of countering the nuclear supremacy of the US imperialists. It performed well,” he said.

Reporting by Josh Smith.Editing by Leslie Adler and Edwina Gibbs

Our criteria: Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

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