- North Korea’s “ultimate goal” is to be the world’s most powerful nuclear force, Kim Jong Un has said.
- The North Korean leader promoted dozens of military officers involved in the recent launch of a new ballistic missile, state media reported.
State media reported on Sunday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un stated that his country aspires to have the world’s most formidable nuclear force as he promoted scores of military commanders involved in the recent launch of a new ballistic missile.
Kim inspected a November 18 test of the Hwasong-17, North Korea’s largest intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), and vowed to resist what he termed U.S. nuclear threats.
North Korea’s “ultimate goal is to possess the world’s most powerful strategic force, the unrivaled force of the century,” Kim said in the order promoting the officers, adding that enhancing the country’s nuclear capabilities would reliably protect the dignity and sovereignty of the state and the people.
He referred to the Hwasong-17 as the “world’s most powerful strategic weapon” and said it highlighted North Korea’s resolve and capacity to someday construct the world’s most powerful army.
Kim was also quoted as claiming that North Korean scientists had made a “great leap forward in the development of the technology for mounting nuclear bombs on ballistic missiles” and were expected to extend and bolster the country’s nuclear deterrence capabilities at an incredibly rapid rate.
Kim was seen alongside scientists, engineers, and military leaders who participated in the test.