Kim Jong Un Says There Will Be “No More War On This Earth” Thanks To North Korea’s Nuclear Weapons

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“Thanks to our reliable and effective self-defensive nuclear deterrent, there will be no more war on this earth, and the security and future of our country will be assured forever,” Kim said in a speech. the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) of North Korea. Tuesday.

Speaking to a group of veterans on the 67th anniversary of the armistice that effectively ended the Korean War, which fell on July 27, Kim said nuclear weapons would enable Korea of the North to defend itself “against all high pressure and military threats from the imperialists and hostiles. forces. ”

North Korea has for years defined its pursuit of nuclear weapons as purely defensive and intended to deter invasion or regime change attempts. But some experts say nuclear weapons will embolden Pyongyang, allowing Kim’s regime to adopt more hostile and belligerent policies while deterring opponents from responding to lower-level aggression.

Whatever reason North Korea is looking for the nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles needed to deliver them, Kim’s comments on Monday are an important reminder of the difficulty in reaching a deal that sees Pyongyang abandon a program it is considering. like a key. to its own survival.

Kim’s speech took place on one of North Korea’s most important holidays: the anniversary of the “Korean People’s Victory in the Great Homeland Liberation War,” North Korea refers to the Korean War.Most historians agree that the conflict began when Kim Il Sung, the grandfather of the current North Korean leader, invaded the South in an attempt to reunify the Korean Peninsula by force. However, North Korea teaches its citizens that the war began when the United States and South Korea marched on the north – and that Pyongyang won the war thanks to the leadership of Kim Il Sung.

The conflict is technically still ongoing, as the warring parties signed a truce – not a treaty – on July 27, 1953, which led to the cessation of hostilities but little else settled. In the decades that followed, North Korea warned its people that the threat of an invasion remains, even as the conflict fades from national memory in the United States.

Although some have been optimistic that Kim’s and US President Donald Trump’s summit in Singapore in June 2018 could lead to a breakthrough long eluded by both sides, nuclear talks between Washington and Pyongyang have failed. to make tangible progress.

While the North Koreans have hinted they are open to another summit between Trump and Kim, the prospects for a summit look grim.

Kim Yo Jong, the sister of the North Korean leader and perhaps the country’s second most powerful figure, said earlier this month that the United States would have to adopt a new negotiating strategy if North Korea agrees a future meeting between Trump and Kim. .

Kim also said she believes the parameters of the negotiations between the two countries need to change to focus on “removing (American) hostility” to North Korea rather than focusing on the denuclearization trade. for sanctions relief, essentially raising the price of future negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang.

North Korea has for years accused the United States of employing what it calls “hostile policies” against the Kim regime, underscoring Washington’s alliance with South Korea, its commitment to protecting Korea. of the South under the American “nuclear umbrella” and the deployments of American forces in East Asia.

“We want to clarify that this does not necessarily mean that denuclearization is not possible,” Kim said in a statement released by KCNA. “But what we mean is that it’s not possible at the moment. I remind the United States that denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula can only be achieved when major changes are made on the other side. “

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