North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said that Pyongyang will continue to further develop offensive weapons.
North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on March 28 that Kim made the remarks while chatting with officials and scientists who contributed to Pyongyang’s recent successful missile test. .
|Leader Kim Jong Un (wearing dark glasses) chats with North Korean military officials at the test launch of the Hwasong-17 missile. Photo: KCNA|
“North Korea will continue to realize the goal of strengthening the national defense capability and developing more powerful offensive means to equip the army,” Kim was quoted as saying by KCNA.
Previously, Pyongyang confirmed that it test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) Hwasong-17 on March 24. The event marked North Korea’s first ICBM test since 2017.
According to the Japanese military, North Korea launched a missile dubbed “monster” in a normal orbit, with a range of up to 15,000km, which can reach any point on US soil.
This is the 11th rocket launch of the Northeast Asian country this year. South Korea and the United States accuse North Korea of testing the Hwasong-17 under the pretext of developing satellite systems.
Immediately after the test, the US State Department announced it was imposing new sanctions on five entities and individuals in Russia and North Korea related to Pyongyang’s missile program.
During the March 25 session of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield described North Korea’s recent moves as “an increasingly dangerous provocation”. “. Ms. Thomas-Greenfield called on the Security Council to update and strengthen sanctions on Pyongyang.
Washington also urged Russia and China to send a strong message to North Korea, asking it to refrain from additional provocations and engage in sustained diplomacy.
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