Kim Jong Un threatens to build more nuclear weapons in warning to “hostile” US
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Kim Jong Un has threatened to develop more advanced nuclear weapons in a warning to North Korea's "biggest enemy" – the US.
The leader of the secretive state said "hostile" policies from the United States would not change regardless of who's in the White House, according to state news agency KCNA.
His threat comes with America in turmoil after an attempted insurrection in Washington on Wednesday and calls for Donald Trump to be removed from office before his presidency ends on January 20.
"Our foreign political activities should be focused and redirected on subduing the US, our biggest enemy and main obstacle to our innovated development," Kim said during nine hours of remarks over several days at a rare party congress in Pyongyang.
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"No matter who is in power in the US, the true nature of the U.S. and its fundamental policies towards North Korea never change," Kim said, vowing to expand ties with "anti-imperialist, independent forces."
North Korea would not "misuse" its nuclear weapons, Kim said but the country is expanding its nuclear arsenal, including "preemptive" and "retaliatory" strike capabilities and warheads of varying sizes.
Kim called for developing equipment including hypersonic weapons, solid-fuel intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), spy satellites, and drones.
The 8th Congress of the Workers' Party hosted by North Korean leader Kim in Pyongyang
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North Korea is preparing for the test and production of various new weapons, including a "multi-warhead rocket" and "supersonic gliding flight warheads for new type ballistic rockets," while research on a nuclear submarine is nearly complete, he said.
"Kim pretty much showed what's on his mind – submarine missiles, better ICBMs and other advanced arms," said Yoo Ho-yeol, professor of North Korean studies at Korea University in Seoul.
"He is saying that's basically what Washington will see going forward, which could escalate tension or open doors for talks.''
A rocket is displayed during a military parade marking the 105th anniversary of the birth of late North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung in Pyongyang on April 15, 2017
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US President-elect Joe Biden, who was vice president under President Barack Obama, called Kim a "thug" during the election campaign.
In 2019 North Korea called Biden a "rabid dog" that needed to be "beaten to death with a stick."
Kim had three unprecedented meetings with Trump and the two corresponded in a series of letters, but those efforts failed to lead to a denuclearisation deal or official change in the countries' relations.
Biden said in October that he would meet Kim only on the condition that North Korea agreed to draw down its nuclear capacity.
Kim is threatening to ramp up his country's production of nuclear weapons
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North Korea faces growing crises caused by international sanctions over its nuclear programme, as well as self-imposed lockdowns to prevent a coronavirus outbreak.
Kim criticised South Korea for offering cooperation in "non-fundamental" areas such as coronavirus aid and tourism, and said the South should stop purchasing arms from and conducting military drills with the United States.