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North Korean Leader Vows ‘Overwhelming’ Power In The Face Of Western Threats

North Korean Leader Vows ‘Overwhelming’ Power In The Face Of Western Threats
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By Staff, Agencies

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un vowed to bolster the country’s defense capability in the face of threats from Western countries, the country’s state media said.

During a meeting with scientists involved in the recent missile test, Kim reaffirmed his resolve to build up an “overwhelming” and “unstoppable” military capability, the Korean Central News Agency said.

The remarks came days after the country's first intercontinental ballistic missile [ICBM] launch in more than four years, which sent ripples across the Western world.

It marked Pyongyang’s 12th missile test this year, and its ICBM launch since late 2017 when it began a self-imposed moratorium on nuclear and long-range missile testing.

Known as the Hwasong-17, the powerful ICBM dubbed as a “monster missile,” appeared to have traveled higher and further than any previous ICBM tested by the state.

The statement on Monday has led to speculation that North Korea could be mulling additional missile launches as a counter-measure to crippling sanctions imposed on it by the international community. 

“Only when one is equipped with the formidable striking capabilities, overwhelming military power that cannot be stopped by anyone, one can prevent a war, guarantee the security of the country and contain and put under control all threats and blackmails by the imperialists,” he was quoted as saying.

Kim said North Korea is determined to develop more "powerful strike means” and said his country will “more vigorously perfect the nuclear war deterrence of the country,” KCNA said.

Kim was present at the Thursday launch of what was described as a “new type” of ICBM, which was launched from Pyongyang International Airport. It traveled up to a maximum altitude of 6,248 km and covered a distance of 1,090 km, before falling into the Sea of Japan.

After the launch, the state news agency cited Kim as saying that the missile was test-fired due to “daily-escalating military tension in and around the Korean peninsula” and the “inevitability of the long-standing confrontation with the US imperialists accompanied by the danger of a nuclear war.”

“The emergence of the new strategic weapon of the DPRK would make the whole world clearly aware of the power of our strategic armed forces once again,” he said.

Intelligence officials in Seoul and Washington, however, believe that Thursday’s launch was an older and slightly smaller ICBM.

In response to the test, the US said it will push the United Nations to “update, strengthen” sanctions on North Korea over "increasingly dangerous provocations,” while China and Russia opposed the move.

The UN Security Council met on Friday, at the request of the US and five other members, to discuss the ICBM launch. The Council has banned nuclear tests and ballistic missile launches by