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Kim Jong Un says war inevitable due to US as North Korea plans to launch 3 new spy satellites in 2024

2023-12-31 08:41:14

North Korea vowed to launch three new spy satellites, build military drones and boost its nuclear arsenal in 2024 as leader Kim Jong Un said US policy was making war inevitable, state media reported on Sunday.

Kim lashed out at Washington in lengthy remarks wrapping up five days of ruling party meetings that set economic, military and foreign policy goals for the coming year.

“Because of reckless moves by the enemies to invade us, it is a fait accompli that a war can break out at any time on the Korean peninsula,” he said, according to state news agency KCNA.

He ordered the military to prepare to “pacify the entire territory of South Korea”, including with nuclear bombs if necessary, in response to any attack.

Kim’s speech came ahead of a year that will see pivotal elections in both South Korea and the US.

Experts predict that North Korea will maintain a campaign of military pressure for leverage around the US presidential election in November, which could see the return of former President Donald Trump, who traded in both threats and historic diplomacy with Kim.

“Pyongyang might be waiting out the US presidential election to see what its provocations can buy it with the next administration,” said Leif-Eric Easley, professor of international studies at Ewha Womans University in Seoul.

The administration of US President Joe Biden has said it was open to talks, but it imposed new sanctions as North Korea pushed ahead with more missile tests banned under United Nations’ sanctions.

The US also increased drills and deployed more military assets, including nuclear-armed submarines and large aircraft carriers, near the Korean peninsula.

“Further provocation is always possible to highlight North Korea’s presence ahead of the US presidential election,” South Korea’s Unification Ministry said in a statement analysing the KCNA report.

“(North Korea) could maintain its hard-line stance against the US and anti-American, anti-imperialist solidarity, and also seek opportunities to turn the situation around at the same time,” it added.


Kim said the return of such weapons had completely transformed South Korea into a “forward military base and nuclear arsenal” of the US.

“If we look closely at the confrontational military actions by enemy forces. The word ‘war’ has become a realistic reality and not an abstract concept,” Kim said.

He said he had no choice but to press forward with his nuclear ambitions and forge deeper relations with other countries that oppose the US. North Korea has deep ties with both China and Russia.

“North Korea is preparing for further escalation of tension with Washington and Seoul, for at least a year or more, and its hard-line policies are likely to be accompanied by efforts for dialogue as well ahead of the US election,” Yang Uk, an analyst at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies, said.

“Kim is building on his success of the spy satellite to do three more because he knows satellite capabilities are powerful targeting tools for better nuclear command and control.”

South Korea will hold a parliamentary election in April that could impact the domestic and foreign agenda for conservative President Yoon Suk Yeol, who has maintained a hawkish stance toward Pyongyang.

South Korea’s National Intelligence Service (NIS) warned on Thursday that “there was a high possibility that North Korea could unexpectedly conduct military provocations or stage a cyberattack in 2024, when fluid political situations are expected with the elections”.

Pyongyang has now ruled out the possibility of unifying with South Korea, and the country must fundamentally change its principles and direction toward South Korea, Kim said.

“North-South relations are no longer a kinship or homogeneous relationship but have completely become a relationship between two hostile countries, two belligerents at war,” he said, calling the South a colonised state completely dependent on the US for national defence and security.

Both Yoon’s ruling party and the opposition Democratic Party slammed the Sunday report and urged North Korea to return to dialogue for peace talks.

“If North Korea repeats hostile acts, we will respond strongly using all means and methods. If the Kim Jong-un regime misjudges the situation and makes a wrong decision, the Republic of Korea will definitely correct it based on its overwhelming power,” the ruling People Power Party said in a commentary.

Kim also promised to develop the economy, including the metals, chemicals, power, machinery and railway sectors, while modernising wheat facilities to boost production.

One key policy goal was to invest in science and technological research at schools, he said.

Published By:

Prateek Chakraborty

Published On:

Dec 31, 2023

North Korea, Kim Jong Un, North Korea nuclear arsenal, North Korea sanctions, North Korea on war with South Korea, Korea, US policy on North Korea, Joe Biden, world news

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