On Tuesday, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said that his country’s weapon development is necessary for the face of hostile policies against the United States and a military buildup in South Korea.
On Monday, in a speech at the “Defense Development Exhibition,” Kim said that Pyongyang was only increasing its military in self-defense and not preparing for war. This remark was made by the leader standing next to a huge variety of weapons that included the country’s intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM’s). Among these weapons was one of North Korea’s largest ICBM Hwasong-16 that was unveiled at a military parade in October 2020 which has not yet test fired.
Kim stated, “we are not discussing war with anyone, but rather to prevent war itself and to literally increase war deterrence for the protection of national sovereignty”. He further added that North Korea’s main enemy is “war itself”.
Regarding the talks with the United States, Pyongyang said it is not interested in diplomatic talks with them as long as Washington maintains policies such as sanctions and military activities in South Korea. However, Kim disagrees the US has no hostile feelings face towards North Korea.