It’s over: Kim Jong-un has just finished the Trump episode.
At a time when Iran has announced the enrichment of its uranium to 20% and is no longer ruling out uranium enriched to 90%, and when any battery of measurements predicts the production by the Fordo reactor of some 120 kilograms of enriched uranium every year, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un declared that the United States was his country’s “greatest enemy” and that he would not expect Washington to change its policy toward Pyongyang – whoever the president may be. The conclusion is the same: Any agreement with the US is counterproductive. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, who attended the first day of the 8th Workers’ Party Congress in Pyongyang, assured that his country would acquire a nuclear submarine because that is how the U.S. naval invasion of the peninsula could be countered.
Kim said that North Korea needed a “nuclear weapon” to repel any potential U.S. invasion, and this weapon for a North Korea surrounded by sea can only be a nuclear submarine.
“Our foreign policy activities must be focused and directed towards the submission and defeat of the United States, our greatest enemy and the main obstacle to our developments,” Kim said Friday. “No matter who is in power in the United States, the true nature of the United States and its fundamental policies toward North Korea never change,” he reiterated.
Kim pledged to develop solid-fuel ICBMs (intercontinental ballistic missiles) that can be launched from land and sea. He called for more research and development in advanced military equipment, including spy satellites, hypersonic weapons and reconnaissance drones, and said research was almost complete on a nuclear submarine.
“We need to increase our nuclear technology and further develop nuclear weapons to be lighter and smaller . . while continuing to produce tactical nuclear weapons and very large nuclear warheads,” he said.
Kim said the key to better relations with the U.S. was for Washington to renounce its hostile policy, while also stressing the need for North Korea to broaden a coalition with “anti-imperialist and independent forces.
His comments come as U.S. President-elect Joe Biden prepares to take office. But Friday’s speech is a reminder that North Korea is not about to give up its nuclear arsenal.
“There is no more senseless and dangerous act than not strengthening our own forces while clearly seeing the development of our enemies’ advanced weapons,” Kim said. He added, “The reality is that we must tirelessly strengthen our national defense capabilities to deter U.S. military threats and achieve peace and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula.
The same conclusion was reached in Iran, where, after a finding of failure marking any diplomatic effort, the demand for an extension of the country’s military and economic capabilities has been made. Kim pleaded in favor of developing ties with Russia and China. The North Korean willingness to extend its nuclear capabilities is expressed while, according to the American weekly Defence News, the resources of the US nuclear ICBM Minuteman-3 could no longer be extended and by 2025, the United States will lose its main nuclear ICBM: “It is not possible to extend the life of Minuteman-3 because the issue is no longer profitable. Soon we won’t be able to do it at all”, – reports the American weekly.
Is Pyongyang considering getting help from Russia to provide the country with ICBMs? North Korea has nuclear capabilities and, despite sanctions and the pandemic, it will acquire new intercontinental ballistic missiles. And Russia is a good option. The newly developed Avangard hypersonic missile systems could be in service until 2040, and Sarmat’s heavy ICBM capabilities are expected to last until 2050.
by Basit Abbasi – FN