North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un is determined to make his country the “strongest nuclear power” in the world, the official North Korean news agency KCNA reported on Wednesday.
In a speech to employees of the ballistics program, Kim said on Tuesday that his country “was moving forward victoriously and would become the world’s strongest nuclear and military power,” KCNA reported.
On November 28, Pyongyang launched an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable, according to experts, of reaching the continental United States. The North Korean leader then claimed that his country was now a nuclear state in its own right.
Mr. Kim’s new statements come as the major powers try to find a solution to the crisis created by the acceleration of North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic programs, which have been condemned by the international community.
In an attempt to force North Korea to abandon its banned nuclear and ballistic programs, the UN Security Council has decided on various sets of sanctions.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Tuesday that the United States is ready to sit at the negotiating table with North Korea “without preconditions”.
So far, the United States has affirmed that any negotiation could only deal with the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.
US President Donald Trump has repeatedly threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea in the event of an attack by the Kim Jong-Un regime.