Wednesday, September 28, 2022

North Korea’s Kim vows to build “invincible” military while slamming U.S.

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korean leader Kim Jong-un reviewed a rare display of weapons systems and pledged to build an “invincible” military as he accused the United States of creating tension and inaction to prove it had no hostile intentions towards the United States. North, state media reported on Tuesday.

In an apparent constant effort to drive a wedge between Washington and Seoul, Kim also said that his drive to build up his army was not aimed at South Korea and that there should not be another war pitting the Korean people against each other.

Kim gave a speech on Monday at the Self-Defense 2021 Defense Exhibition, an event marking the 76th birthday of the ruling Labor Party the day before. The event featured a host of new weapons, including ICBMs, which North Korea has already tested or demonstrated during a military parade.

“The US has often made it clear that it is not hostile to our state, but there is no action-based evidence to lead us to believe that it is not hostile,” Kim said, according to the official Korean central news agency. “The United States continues to create tension in the region with its wrong judgments and actions.”

Describing the United States as a “source” of instability on the Korean Peninsula, Kim said his country’s most important goal is to have “invincible military capabilities” that no one would dare to challenge.

Kim has accused South Korea of ​​hypocrisy as it criticizes North Korea’s weapons development as a provocation, while it spends heavily on increasing its military capabilities, including purchasing advanced American stealth fighters. But he still said that his military is not targeting South Korea.

“I reiterate that South Korea is not a country that our military should fight against,” Kim said. “Of course, we are not strengthening our defenses because of South Korea. We must not repeat the terrible story when compatriots used force against each other. “

In North Korean state media photographs, Kim, dressed in a dark suit, walks down a red carpet lined with large rockets mounted on trucks, drives past a multiple launch rocket system and watches planes flying in formation.

Seoul’s Defense Ministry said South Korean and American intelligence services were analyzing the North Korean weapons on display, but did not go into details. Seoul’s Unification Ministry said Monday’s exhibition was the first of its kind since Kim took power in 2011.

Yang Wook, a military expert teaching at Hannam University in South Korea, said the weapons shown in the photographs were largely what the North had already displayed during military parades. Among them was what looks like a new intercontinental ballistic missile that North Korea unveiled during a military parade last year but has yet to conduct test firing, Yang said. This missile, mounted on an 11-axis launch vehicle during the parade, is considered the largest ICBM in the North.

South Korean media reported that Monday’s exhibit also featured another ICBM and shorter-range missiles that North Korea has already tested.

“Basically, North Korea wants to send this message:“ We will continue to develop new weapons and arm ourselves with nuclear force, so do not impose sanctions as we cannot accept double standards, ”Yang said. …

North Korea has sent mixed signals to its rivals in recent weeks.

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