North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un demands increased production of several products missile launchercalling it an important task so that get ready For “military confrontation” North Korean media reported on Friday.
During a visit to the missile launch vehicle (TEL) factory, Kim Jong-un said that producing various tactical and strategic weapon launchers is a key task for North Korea. Strengthen national nuclear deterrenceNational news agency reports KCNA.
“It is very important to emphasize the status and role of the factory…Given that the current severe situation requires the country to be more firmly prepared for military confrontation with the enemy, he pointed out the tasks that the factory must complete,” he said KCNA.
The state media report came hours after the White House said on Thursday that North Korea had recently supplied Russia with ballistic missiles and launchers for use in Moscow’s war against Ukraine, some of which Russia had already launched.
Washington has accused Pyongyang for months of providing military hardware to Moscow in exchange for Russian technical support to help North Korea improve its military capabilities. North Korea denies arms transfers to Moscow.
At a party meeting last week, Kim Jong Un ordered the North Korean military, arms industry and nuclear weapons sector to speed up war preparations because In his view, U.S. policy made war inevitable.
“(Jin) clarified the short-term plan, long-term production plan and production capacity tasks for the production of TEL varieties,” he said. KCNA.
Last Monday, Kim Jong Un also said his military should “Total annihilation” of the United States and South Korea if provoked.
The North Korean regime has increased its bellicose rhetoric in recent months in response to expanded military drills between Washington and Seoul. Experts say he will continue to escalate rhetoric and weapons tests because he believes former President Donald Trump can use rising tensions to gain concessions from the United States if he returns to the White House in November’s presidential election.
Kim Jong Un said at a meeting with military officials on Sunday that it was urgent Sharpening the “sword” to protect national security, an apparent reference to Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program. He reportedly cited “military confrontational actions by the United States and other hostile forces.” KCNA.
At a Workers’ Party meeting, Kim Jong-un called South Korea a “hemiplegic subordinate colonial state” whose society was “polluted by Yankee culture.” Furthermore, he noted that in the event of conflict, his military must use all available means, including nuclear arsenals, to “suppress all South Korean territory.”
Experts say skirmishes between North and South Korea are likely this year along the militarized border area. Additionally, they said Pyongyang is expected to test intercontinental ballistic missiles and other critical weapons that can reach U.S. soil.
Since last year, Pyongyang has conducted more than 100 missile tests. This has led Washington and Seoul to step up joint military exercises. North Korea has also sought to strengthen ties with China and Russia, which has stymied efforts by the United States and its allies on the United Nations Security Council to tighten sanctions over its weapons tests.
Estimates of the size of North Korea’s nuclear arsenal vary, ranging from 20 or 30 bombs to more than 100. Many foreign experts note that Pyongyang still needs to overcome some technical obstacles before it can produce a nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile, although the shorter-range nuclear bombs can reach South Korea and Japan.
(Information from AP and Reuters)