According to the official North Korean News Agency, Kim Jong Un told senior military officers that to “maintain the absolute superiority of the North Korean armed forces,” the country must be able to “preventively and comprehensively stop all dangerous attempts and threatening moves…” to retreat and thwart, if necessary. matter.” He says Pyongyang should continue to expand its arsenal so that no one can challenge North Korea, calling it “the lifeline to ensure our country’s security.”
During a military parade on Monday to mark the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Korean People’s Army, Kim Jong Un said North Korea will accelerate its nuclear weapons program. “The republic’s nuclear power should be ready to carry out its mission of unique deterrence at any time,” Kim said at the time. “If any military forces attempt to penetrate our nation’s core interests, our nuclear forces will be forced to launch a second mission unexpectedly.”
New nuclear weapons were also demonstrated during the parade, according to South Korean sources, including the Hwasong-17, the largest ICBM known to North Korea.