Kim Jong-un’s New Year message: ‘Exponentially increase’ North Korea’s nuclear arsenal

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Kim Jong-un attends a ceremony where the new super-large multiple rocker launchers were presented before a plenary meeting of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang
Kim Jong-un attends a ceremony where the new super-large multiple rocker launchers were presented before a plenary meeting of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea in Pyongyang CREDIT: KCNA via Reuters

Kim Jong Un has called for an “exponential” increase in North Korea’s nuclear arsenal, including mass producing tactical nuclear weapons and developing new missiles for nuclear counterstrikes, state media said Sunday.

In a report at the end of a key party meeting in Pyongyang, Kim said the country must “overwhelmingly beef up the military muscle” in 2023 in response to what it called US and South Korean hostility, the official KCNA reported.

Claiming that Washington and Seoul were set on “isolating and stifling” the North, Kim said his country would focus on the “mass-producing of tactical nuclear weapons” and develop “another ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missile) system whose main mission is quick nuclear counterstrike”.

Such goals form the “main orientation” of the 2023 nuclear and defence strategy, the report said.

Military tensions on the Korean peninsula rose sharply in 2022 as the North conducted sanctions-busting weapons tests nearly every month, including firing its most advanced ICBM ever.

Kim Jong-un’s New Year message: ‘Exponentially increase’ North Korea’s nuclear arsenal

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