North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un has vowed to build an “invincible military”, a reaction based upon America’s recent “hostile policies”.
The North Korean ruler stated that the “country’s most important objective was possessing an invincible military capability that no one would dare challenge”
“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,” said Kim Jong Un.
“The U.S. has frequently signaled it’s not hostile to our state, but there is no action-based evidence to make us believe that they are not hostile,” Kim said, according to the official Korean Central News Agency. “The U.S. is continuing to create tensions in the region with its wrong judgments and actions.”
“I say once again that South Korea isn’t the one that our military forces have to fight against,” Kim said. “Surely, we aren’t strengthening our defense capability because of South Korea. We shouldn’t repeat a horrible history of compatriots using force against each other.”
In addition North Korea has launched their new hypersonic missile systems, testing the country’s latest development in combat technology.
On October 10th, 2020 during North Korea’s 75th anniversary of the founding of their party, Kim Jong Un, stated,
“Today we are greeting the 75th founding anniversary of our Party on a grand scale.”
“No other country in the world would celebrate a party’s founding anniversary as a happy holiday and grand auspicious event of all its people as our country does.”
“There are no grateful people in the world other than ours who truly understand the difficult situations facing the state and cope with them, regarding them as their household affairs.”
“On this planet at present, our country is the only one that is faced with huge challenges and difficulties, like dealing with the anti-epidemic emergency and recovering from the catastrophic natural disasters, when everything is in short supply owing to the harsh and prolonged sanctions.”
“Our people, however, have always believed and absolutely trusted me, and supported my choice and determination, whatever it is.”
“Even if it may mean suffering more, our people’s trust in me and our Party is always absolute and steadfast.”
“Our military capability has developed and changed to such an extent that no one can make little of and keep parallel with it.”
“We have built a deterrent with which we can satisfactorily control and manage any military threats that we are facing or may face.”
“Our military capability is changing in the rate of its growth and in its quality and quantity in our own style and in accordance with our demands and our timetable.”
“Our Party defined the military capability with which to overpower in advance the forces that may dare to threaten or infringe on the rights to independence and existence of our state and people as the most assured and strong national defence capability. And it has made every effort to possess military forces that can achieve the purpose and is now attaining the upgraded targets steadily.”
“Our war deterrent, which is intended to defend the rights to independence and existence of our state and safeguard peace in the region, will never be abused or used as a means for preemptive strike.”
“But, if, and if, any forces infringe upon the security of our state and attempt to have recourse to military force against us, I will enlist all our most powerful offensive strength in advance to punish them.”
“I never want that our military strength would aim at someone else.”
“We clarify that our war deterrent is being developed not for aiming at others.”
“We are developing it in order to defend ourselves.”
“Let us all advance vigorously towards a bright future of socialism, towards a fresh victory!”
“We don’t know a lot yet [about the North Korean technology], but on the whole, there is evidence to suggest that hypersonic weapons aren’t necessarily a military revolution, but rather an evolutionary development that will not fundamentally change the nature of conflict,” said Shannon Bugos, co-author of a report on hypersonic weapons by the Arms Control Association.
“It’s very hard to tell publicly if the hypersonic missile is legit or how it performs. The intelligence community would have likely tried to characterize the [hypersonic glide vehicle] when it was tested, but the pictures released tonight are what North Korea wants us to see,” said Vipin Narang, a nuclear security expert at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Narang continued, “More generally, Kim wants to show us that his deterrent is not only ‘complete,’ but that he continues to work on improving survivability and penetrability against both [South Korea] and the U.S., like ‘normal’ nuclear powers do.”
“Basically, North Korea wants to send this message: ‘We’ll continue to develop new weapons and arm ourselves with nuclear force, so don’t slap sanctions with these as we can’t agree on the double standards,’” said Yang Wook, a military expert who teaches at South Korea’s Hannam University.
What caused North Korea to feel a need to internationally demonstrate a display of their national defense? Why did Kim Jong Un feel a need to mention America in his rant about our “judgements”? Describing South Korea as “compatriots”, was Kim’s defense speech targeted at America? Could Kim’s rapid preparation of defense and announcement to enlist all his “most powerful offensive strength in advance” be an indication of a future threat upon our nation?