Kim says North Korea will show 'new strategic weapon', leaves room for talks

The SEOUL leader: plans to develop more nuclear programs and introduce a new strategic weapon in the near future, state media said Wednesday, but left room for dialogue with the United States after ignoring the year-end deadline. He had started talking.

Kim Jong Un chaired this week a four-day meeting of senior Labor Party officials amid growing tensions with the United States, which has not responded to repeated calls for concessions to reopen negotiations. Washington has dismissed the term as artificial.

Kim said there was no reason for North Korea to be forced by a self-declared moratorium to test nuclear bombs and intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM), according to a statement on the results of the policy meeting held by the official KCNA news agency.

Kim accused the United States of making similar demands to those of the gangsters and of maintaining a hostile policy, including by conducting continuous joint military drills, adopting cutting-edge weapons and imposing sanctions.

He promised to continue reinforcing his country's nuclear deterrence, but said the scope and depth of that deterrence will be properly coordinated depending on the attitude of the United States.

The world will witness a new strategic weapon that will be owned by the DPRK in the near future, Kim said, using the initials of the official name of North Korea: the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

We will constantly alert the powerful nuclear deterrent capable of containing the nuclear threats of the United States and guaranteeing our long-term security.

Secretary of State of the United States of America Mike Pompeo He said it would be deeply disappointing if Kim does not respect denuclearization commitments and, hopefully, would choose peace and prosperity instead of conflict and war.

In his last comments on Tuesday in the United States, the president Donald Trump He said he had a good relationship with Kim and thought the North Korean leader would keep his word.

There were no official reports until noon on Wednesday in South Korea that Kim had delivered an annual New Year's speech.

'STRATEGIC WEAPONS'

Kim had previously said he might have to find a new path if Washington did not meet his expectations. US military commanders said Pyongyang's actions could include firing an ICBM test along with nuclear warhead tests. The latest North Korean test fired an ICBM in 2017.

Jeffrey Lewis, a nonproliferation expert at the Middlebury Institute for International Studies in California, said it was difficult to predict the next North Korean movement. But it could involve firing a solid fuel ICBM and an atmospheric nuclear test, he said.

Tension had been rising ahead of the year-end as North Korea conducted a series of weapons tests and waged a war of words with US President Donald Trump.

The nuclear talks have made little progress, although Kim and Trump have met three times since 2018. The job-level talks in Stockholm in October crumbled, and a North Korean chief negotiator accused US officials of maintaining their former stance. .

Kim said there will never be denuclearization on the Korean peninsula if Washington adheres to what he calls its hostile policy.

We will constantly develop the strategic weapons necessary and necessary for state security until the United States reverses its hostile policy toward the DPRK and a lasting and lasting peace mechanism is built, Kim said.

He called on North Koreans to prepare for a long and arduous struggle and foster a self-sufficient economy due to a delay in the early lifting of sanctions.

The current situation that warns of a long confrontation with the United States urgently requires that we make an accomplished fact that we also have to live under the sanctions of hostile forces in the future and strengthen internal power from all aspects.

Yang Moo-jin, a professor at the University of Seoul, said the results of the party's assembly made it clear that Kim wants US security guarantees before taking substantial measures for denuclearization.

And he is suggesting that he will take the bull by the horns to achieve that goal, while promoting self-reliance at home and is still open to conversations depending on how Trump handles the 'hostile policy,' said Yang.

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