Seoul: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said his country plans to have the most powerful nuclear force in the world while promoting dozens of military officers involved in the recent launch of a new ballistic missile, state media reported on Sunday.
The announcement comes after Kim inspected a test Nov. 18 of the Hwasong-17, North Korea’s largest intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), promising to counter what he called US nuclear threats.
North Korea’s “ultimate goal is to possess the most powerful strategic force in the world, the absolute power unprecedented in the century,” Kim said in the order to promote the officers, adding that building the nuclear capabilities of the country would reliably protect the dignity and sovereignty of the country. state and the people.
He described the Hwasong-17 as “the strongest strategic weapon in the world” and said it demonstrated North Korea’s determination and ability to eventually build the strongest military in the world.
North Korean scientists have made a “prodigious leap in the development of the technology of mounting warheads on ballistic missiles,” and were expected to expand and strengthen the country’s nuclear deterrent capabilities at an extraordinarily rapid pace, said Kim too.
Kim was pictured in photos posing with scientists, engineers and military officials involved in the test.
According to state media, those workers vowed to defend the “absolute authority” of the party and Kim, promising that “our missiles will only fly vigorously in the direction indicated by Kim.”
The launch of the Hwasong-17, which was able to reach the US mainland, prompted the United States to call for a United Nations Security Council presidential statement to hold North Korea accountable for its missile tests, which are prohibited by Security Council resolutions.