SEOUL, Nov 27 (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said his country wants to have the most powerful nuclear force in the world as he promoted a number of military officers. was involved in the launch of a new ballistic missile, the government said on Tuesday.
The announcement came after Kim inspected a November 18 test of the Hwasong-17, North Korea’s largest intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and vowed to attack in what he called an American nuclear threat.
The North’s main goal “is to have the most powerful strategic power in the world, the most powerful that has not been seen before in a century,” Kim said in an order promoting officials, and said that building up the country’s nuclear capabilities would fully protect the rights and sovereignty of the people. government and people.
He called the Hwasong-17 the “world’s most powerful strategic weapon” and said it showed North Korea’s determination and ability to build the world’s most powerful military.
North Korean scientists have made a “leap forward in the development of the technology of mounting nuclear warheads on ballistic missiles,” and hope to expand and strengthen deterrence capabilities The country’s nuclear program is on the fast track, Kim added.
Kim was photographed posing with scientists, engineers and military officers involved in the experiment.
According to government sources, those personnel vowed to protect the party’s “absolute power” and Kim, vowing that “our missiles will fly vigorously in the direction designated” by Kim.
With the ability to reach the US mainland, the launch of the Hwasong-17 prompted the United States to call for a United Nations Security Council resolution to hold Korea back. North Korea for its missile tests, which are banned by Security Council resolutions.
State media also showed Kim Jong Un’s daughter with him as he reviewed officials. His surprise first appearance at the Hwasong-17 test has raised hopes that the country’s leadership could hand over to the fourth generation of Kims.
North Korea’s powerful Standing Committee of the Supreme People’s Assembly awarded the Hwasong-17 missile the title of “DPRK Hero and Gold Star Medal and Order of National Flag 1st Class”, the news agency said. KCNA on the other hand, using the initials of the country. official name, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
“(The missile) clearly showed in front of the world that the DPRK is a full-fledged nuclear power capable of standing up to the nuclear power of the US imperialists and demonstrated its capability as a very powerful ICBM country, ” said KCNA.
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