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Kim Jong-un Accuses US of Creating ‘Asian Version of NATO’

© Photo : KCNAKim Jong-un and scientists and military staff responsible for the development of the Hwasong-17 ICBM.
Kim Jong-un and scientists and military staff responsible for the development of the Hwasong-17 ICBM. - Sputnik International, 1920, 01.01.2023
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said on Sunday that the United States, under the pretext of strengthening cooperation with South Korea and Japan, was creating an "Asian version of NATO."
"In 2022 the US frequently deployed various nuclear strike means in South Korea at the level of constant deployment, increasing the level of military pressure on the DPRK [Democratic People's Republic of Korea] to the maximum. And, at the same time, it is pushing forward the realization of triangular cooperation with Japan and South Korea on a full scale while working hard to establish a new military bloc like Asian version of NATO under the signboard of ‘tightening alliance," Kim Jong-un said in a report on the Workers' Party of Korea plenary meeting, as cited by local media.
In this Saturday, April 15, 2017, file photo, a North Korean national flag flutters as soldiers in tanks salute to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a military parade in Pyongyang, North Korea to celebrate the 105th birth anniversary of Kim Il Sung, the country's late founder and grandfather of the current ruler - Sputnik International, 1920, 28.12.2022
North Korea's Kim Jong-Un Sets Goals for Bolstering Defense in 2023 Amid Escalations With Seoul
The North Korean leader also noted the importance of strengthening the self-defense capabilities of Pyongyang amid serious external challenges and the current state of inter-Korean relations.
In addition, Kim Jong Un said that the nuclear forces of North Korea would carry out the "second mission", not the defensive one, in the event of a threat to the country.
"Stressing the importance of bolstering the nuclear force, the report made clear that our nuclear force considers it as the first mission to deter war and safeguard peace and stability and, however, if it fails to deter, it will carry out the second mission, which will not be for defense," the report said.
The North Korean leader also ordered the development of a new intercontinental ballistic missile system to conduct a quick nuclear retaliatory strike.
He also called the current geopolitical situation a "new Cold War."
Earlier in the day, the media reported that Kim Jong Un also said that rockets of the new North Korean 600-millimeter multiple-launch rocket systems could carry tactical nuclear weapons, and all of South Korea is within their reach. The North Korean leader also noted the need to increase the number of nuclear warheads at the disposal of the country.
Lately North Korea was actively carrying missile tests. In 2022, North Korea has conducted nearly 40 test-launches, firing around 70 missiles, including an intercontinental ballistic missile test-fired in November. The tests came in response to joint US-South Korea drills in the region.
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