North Korea's Kim promotes strategic weapon amid stalled talks
SEOUL: Expressing his deep frustration over the stalemate, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un warned of unspecified shocking actions and that his country will soon reveal a new strategic weapon to the world as it reinforces its nuclear deterrence in the face of a gangster. United.
Kim also said he was no longer required to maintain a self-imposed suspension in the testing of nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles, which the president Donald Trump It has promoted as a great diplomatic achievement. But Kim did not give clear indications that the resumption of such evidence was imminent and seemed to leave the door open for possible negotiations.
Kim has used diplomatic stalemate to expand his military capabilities by intensifying the testing of short-range weapons. It is now estimated that its arsenal includes 40-50 nuclear bombs and various delivery systems, including solid fuel missiles designed to defeat missile defense systems and development ICBMs potentially capable of reaching the continental US. UU.
Kim has also strengthened his negotiating position, bringing diplomacy closer to a negotiation of arms reduction between nuclear states rather than conversations that would culminate in a unilateral surrender of weapons that he considers his greatest guarantee of survival.
Lee Sang-min, spokesman for the South Korean Unification Ministry, said North Korea carrying out its threat of showing a new one would be useless for diplomacy.
Strategic weapons generally refer to nuclear-capable delivery systems, such as ICBMs, but North Korea, for the rest, has been vague about what new weapons it would exhibit. He announced in December that he conducted two crucial tests at his long-range rocket launch site that would further strengthen his nuclear deterrence.
Kim's comments published in state media on Wednesday were made at a key four-day meeting of the central committee of the workers' ruling party, as talks between Washington and Pyongyang have failed because of disagreements over the disarmament steps and the Elimination of sanctions.
Some experts say that North Korea, which has always been sensitive to electoral changes in the US government. In the US, he will avoid serious negotiations in the coming months while watching how Trump's impending political trial on his dealings with Ukraine affects the US presidential elections in November.
Instead, Kim can try to strengthen his influence by promoting a united front with Beijing and Moscow, the traditional supporters of Pyongyang, who seek to establish themselves as main stakeholders in North Korean diplomacy. Both have asked the UN Security Council to consider reducing sanctions against the North to boost progress in nuclear negotiations.
UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said that Secretary General António Guterres hopes that the tests will not resume, citing the existing Security Council resolutions. Non-proliferation remains a fundamental pillar of global nuclear security and must be preserved, the spokesman said.
Dujarric said the secretary generates; He repeated his support for the resumption of a dialogue that will lead to a complete and verifiable denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. Diplomatic commitment is the only path to sustainable peace.
Last year, Kim had said the North would look for a new way if the Trump administration does not make concessions to save the negotiations at the end of December. Kim's challenging words that entered 2020 indicate that his new form might resemble the previous one: a patient determination to wait for sanctions and pressures, which will possibly weaken over time, while consolidating the state of the country as a nuclear state.
Kim, at the party meeting, declared that the North will never give up its security for economic benefits in the face of what it described as a growing hostility and nuclear threats from the United States, the Korea Central News Agency said.
“(Kim) said we will never allow the insolent United States to abuse the DPRK-EE dialogue. UU. For fulfilling their sordid objective, they will go through a shocking action to make them pay the pain suffered by our people until now and for the development so far restricted, said the agency, referring to the North by its formal name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
Kim added that “if the United States persists in its hostile policy towards the DPRK, there will never be a denuclearization in the Korean Peninsula and the DPRK will constantly develop the strategic weapons necessary and necessary for state security until the United States withdraws its hostility. politics, said KCNA.
(Kim) confirmed that the world will witness a new strategic weapon that will be possessed by the DPRK in the near future, declaring that we cannot give up the security of our future only because of visible economic results ... now that hostile acts and The nuclear threat against us is increasing, ”he said.
Trump on Tuesday night urged Kim to fulfill his supposed commitment to denuclearize. The leaders after their first summit in Singapore in June 2018 issued a vague statement about a Korean nuclear-weapon-free peninsula without when or how it would occur.