September 23, 2020 11:42
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un earlier this year stressed the need for his crackpot regime to build up its nuclear arsenal.
"Continued strengthening of self-defense capabilities based on nuclear weapons guarantees our autonomy and right to live as well as the prosperity of our nation," he was quoted as saying.
Kim's remarks were carried in a journal published in May by the North's State Academy of Sciences. The author, Prof. Kang Myong-hup, quoted Kim's teachings to stress the need to pursue strategic weapons development.
Kang wrote that it is North Korea's plan to maintain a "constant nuclear-strike posture" to make sure that no other country "dares consider using force against us."
The North must "incessantly continue the development of essential and decisive strategic weapons until the U.S.' hostile policies are retracted," he added.
Meanwhile, the website 38 North at Johns Hopkins University published satellite photos of multiple-launch rocket systems, motorcycles and other parade practicing for a massive parade for the 75th anniversary of the Workers Party on Oct. 10.
"Parade Practice in Full Swing in Pyongyang," the website headlined, adding that the satellite pictures taken Sunday afternoon "revealed more than 40 vehicles on the roads of the Mirim Parade Training Ground leading to the replica of Kim Il-sung Square."
A South Korean military source said, "We are focusing on the fact that North Korea built a temporary facility at Mirim Parade Training Ground that is large enough to house a transporter erector launcher."
"There is a chance that North Korea will either resort to an submarine-launched missile provocation or unveil a new intercontinental ballistic missile or other strategic weapon."
38 North said the images show two temporary facilities that are 37 m long and 7 m wide. That suggests they could house an ICBM that is even bigger than the Hwasong-15 that was test-launched in November 2017, which measures 22 m.
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