N Korea warns US it will enhance weapons development
North Korea warns the United States that amid the absence of all change in Washington’s hostile policy towards Pyongyang, it is sure to power through with its weapons development programs.
“As the actions of the past eight months of the new US administration have clearly shown, the US military threat and hostile policy toward North Korea has not changed at all,” the North’s ruler Kim Jong-un told a parliament meeting, the official Korea Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on Thursday.
Washington’s policy towards North Korea was becoming even “more cunning,” he added.
Kim said he would mandate enhancement of the arms manufacturing schemes to deter any possible “military provocations by hostile forces.”
His remarks came amid continued deadlock between the North and the United States, which has been exhausting its sanctions machine aimed at supposedly denuclearizing the North.
While mounting the pressure, Washington has never displayed any willingness to relax the economic bans to offer Pyongyang any incentive to de-escalate its nuclear weapons program.
The two sides held unprecedented talks under former US president Donald Trump.
Washington, however, blew what Pyongyang called, “a golden opportunity” at fixing its age-old tensions with North Korea by refusing to take any steps towards ending its economic war.
Just a day before Kim’s remarks, North Korea said it had successfully test-fired a newly-developed hypersonic missile, in a move it said was strategically significant in the development of the domestic nuclear weapons technology.
The country resumed its missile tests on September 13 by firing a long-range cruise missile into its own territorial water.
Announcing the test, the KCNA revealed that the country was leading a five-year plan to further advance it defense science and arsenals, calling the projectile a key element within the program.