North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said his country plans to have the most powerful nuclear force in the world while promoting dozens of military officers involved in the recent launch of a new ballistic missile, state media reported on Sunday.
The announcement comes after Mr. Kim inspected a test of the Hwasong-17, North Korea’s largest intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), on Nov. 18 and pledged to counter what he called US nuclear threats.
North Korea’s “ultimate goal is to possess the world’s most powerful strategic force, the absolute force unprecedented in the century,” Kim Jong Un said in the order to promote the officers, adding that building the nuclear capabilities of the country would reliably protect the dignity and sovereignty. of the state and the people.
He described the Hwasong-17 as “the strongest strategic weapon in the world” and said it demonstrated North Korea’s determination and ability to eventually build the strongest military in the world.
North Korean scientists have made a “prodigious leap in the development of the technology of mounting warheads on ballistic missiles,” and were expected to expand and strengthen the country’s nuclear deterrent capabilities at an extraordinarily rapid pace, said Mr. Kim too. .
Kim Jong Un was pictured in photos posing with scientists, engineers and military officials involved in the test.
According to state media, those workers pledged to defend the “absolute authority” of the party and Kim, promising that “our missiles will only fly vigorously in the direction indicated” by Kim Jong-un.
The launch of the Hwasong-17, which was able to reach the US mainland, prompted the United States to call for a United Nations Security Council presidential statement to hold North Korea accountable for its missile tests, which are prohibited by Security Council resolutions.
State media also revealed that Kim Jong-un’s daughter accompanied him as he watched the officers. Her unexpected first appearance on the Hwasong-17 test has raised the prospect that leadership of the totalitarian state could be handed over to a fourth generation of Kims.
The powerful Standing Committee of the Supreme People’s Assembly of North Korea awarded the Hwasong-17 missile the title of “DPRK Hero and Gold Star Medal and Order of National Flag 1st Class,” the state news agency KCNA reported in another statement. initials from the national flag of North Korea were used. official name, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
“(The missile) has clearly proved to the world that the DPRK is a full-fledged nuclear power capable of resisting the nuclear supremacy of the US imperialists and has fully demonstrated its power as the most powerful ICBM state,” said KCNA.
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