July 29, 2020 13:35
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un marked Armistice Day on Monday with a paean to his crackpot country's nuclear weapons development.
He said North Korea has walked the path of a self-developed nuclear power, tenaciously overcoming all kinds of pressure and challenges.
Marking the 67th anniversary of the truce that halted the Korean War, he added, "Now we are capable of defending ourselves in the face of any form of high-intensity pressure and military threats from imperialists and hostile forces," according to state media on Tuesday.
Kim was addressing the sixth National Conference of War Veterans in Pyongyang, whose chests he suggested must be bursting with pride.
"Thanks to our reliable and effective self-defense war deterrence, there will no longer be war on this land," Kim claimed. "And our national security and future will be firmly guaranteed permanently."
That adds fuel to speculation that he has no intention of giving up his nuclear program despite crippling international sanctions that have driven the North to the brink of bankruptcy.
He added North Koreans will never stop on their way to building the most powerful defense capability.
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