North Korea’s Kim accuses U.S., South Korea of hostility as he displays weapons

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Leader Kim Jong Un, standing with North Korea’s biggest missiles, said that the development of his country’s weapons is necessary hostile policies from the United States and A military build-up in South Korea, state media said on Tuesday.

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According to a report by state news agency KCNA, Pyongyang was raising its forces only in self-defense and not to start a war, Kim said in a speech at the Defense Development Exhibition on Monday.

Kim made the remarks while standing next to various weapons, including the country’s intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), photos showed in the ruling party’s newspaper Rodong Sinmun. Among them, North Korea’s largest ICBM Hwaseong-16 was unveiled a military parade In October 2020, but not yet tested.

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“We are not discussing war with anyone, but to increase the prevention of war itself and to protect national sovereignty,” he said, adding that North Korea’s main enemy is “the war itself”. Is.

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two have been in korea a fast arms raceBoth sides tested rapidly advanced short-range ballistic missiles and other hardware.

South Korea recently tested its first submarine-launched ballistic missile, plans to build major new weapons include aircraft carriers, and has purchased American-made F-35 stealth fighters.

North Korea has stepped up its missile program, and analysts say it has begun a major expansion of its main nuclear reactor, which is used to produce fuel for nuclear bombs.

The US has said that it is ready to hold diplomatic talks with North Korea at any time. Pyongyang has said that as long as Washington maintains policies such as sanctions and military activity in South Korea, it is not interested.

Kim said the United States’ claim that it has no hostile feelings toward North Korea is hard to believe in the face of its continued “wrong decisions and actions.”

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South Korea’s National Security Adviser Suh Hoon is expected to meet with his US counterpart Jake Sullivan in Washington on Tuesday to discuss North Korea.

When he arrived in Washington on Monday, Suh told reporters he planned to discuss President Moon Jae-in’s proposal for a formal declaration to end the 1950-1953 Korean War – which ended in an armistice , and not for a formal peace treaty – and a possible easing of sanctions on North Korea, Yonhap news agency reported.

Last week the two Koreas reinstated their hotlines, which the North had pulled apart months earlier, with Pyongyang urging Seoul to step up efforts to repair ties after it criticized double standards on weapons development.

Kim said in his speech on Monday that South Korea’s “unrestricted and dangerous” efforts to strengthen its military are “destroying the military balance on the Korean peninsula and increasing military instability and danger.”

“Under the absurd pretext of suppressing our threats, South Korea has openly expressed its desire to gain an edge over us in military might on various occasions,” he said.

(Reporting by Sangami Cha and Josh Smith; Editing by Stephen Coates)

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