Kim Jong Un vows to strengthen his nation’s military capabilities

At a major ruling party meeting that came just weeks before Joe Biden’s inauguration as US President, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un vowed to strengthen military capabilities of his nuclear-armed nation.

The North Korean leader in his work report to the Workers’ Party congress pledged to place “the state defence capabilities on a much higher level, and put forth goals for realising it.”

“It basically means the North will strengthen its nuclear capabilities. Kim does not want to say the word ‘nuclear’ as Biden takes office later this month, and he knows the incoming president’s stance on Pyongyang is uncompromising compared to his predecessor,” said defector-turned-researcher Ahn Chan-il of the World Institute for North Korea Studies in Seoul.

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