NORTH KOREA has issued several statements via its leader Kim Jung-Un regarding the country’s increasing militarisation as a response to several policies from Seoul and Washington which they considered “wrong actions.”
Missiles, shirtless soldiers smashing bricks with their bare hands and jets leaving coloured trails during an air show were on display at the Defence Development Exhibition attended by the North Korean leader himself on Monday, according to a report by Reuters. Kim Jong-Un was filmed and photographed by the official state news agency (KCNA) posing next to the country’s largest missiles including the Hwasong-16 – North Korea’s largest intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) – unveiled at a military parade in October 2020 but not yet test-fired.
The military spectacle occurred amid an accelerating arms race between the North and South after Pyongyang severed the hotlines connecting both countries.
Kim said Seoul’s “unrestricted and dangerous” efforts to strengthen its military were “destroying the military balance in 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 power on various occasions,” he added.
At the exhibition, the leader said: “We are not discussing war with anyone, but rather to prevent war itself and to literally increase war deterrence for the protection of national sovereignty.”
Seoul has been rushing militarisation with plans to build aircraft carriers, the purchase of American-made F-35 stealth fighters and recent test-fires of its first submarine-launched ballistic missile.
In response, North Korea has pushed ahead with its missile programme, and analysts say it has begun a major expansion of its main nuclear reactor, used to produce fuel for nuclear bombs.
North Korea is also refusing any talks with the US as Washington maintains policies such as sanctions and military activities in South Korea.
Kim viewed recent American policies in the region as “wrong judgements and cations.”
“The United States has been frequently signalling that it’s not hostile to our country, but there has been no behavioural ground to believe that it is not,” Kim told KCNA.
“For our descendants, we need to be strong. We need to first be strong.
“The military threats our country is facing is different from what we saw 10, five or three years ago,” he said, adding that tensions on the Korean peninsula will. “Brinkwire Summary News”.