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Kim Jong Un says North Korea’s goal is to have the world’s most powerful nuclear force

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has said his country’s ultimate goal is to possess the world’s most powerful nuclear force, as he promoted dozens of military officials involved in the recent launch of North Korea’s largest ballistic missile, the report said. Sunday state media.

The announcement came after Kim inspected a test of the country’s new Hwasong-17 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and vowed to counter US nuclear threats with nuclear weapons on November 18.

Building the nuclear force is to reliably protect the dignity and sovereignty of the state and the people, and “its ultimate goal is to possess the most powerful strategic force in the world, the absolute force unprecedented in the century,” Kim said at the order promoting official

He called the Hwasong-17 the “world’s strongest strategic weapon” and said it demonstrated North Korea’s determination and ability to eventually build the world’s strongest military.

North Korean scientists have made a “wonderful leap forward in developing the technology to mount nuclear warheads on ballistic missiles,” Kim said, without elaborating.

Posing for photos with the scientists, engineers, military officers and others involved in the test, Kim said he hopes they will continue to expand and strengthen the country’s nuclear deterrent at an extraordinarily fast pace.

Those workers swore an oath of loyalty and faith to the ruling party, pledging to uphold the party’s and Kim’s “absolute authority,” pledging that “our missiles will fly vigorously only in the direction indicated” by him.

They said that Kim “had carefully taught us one by one” during the development of the Hwasong-17.

Capable of reaching the continental United States, the missile’s launch prompted the United States to call for a presidential statement from the United Nations Security Council to hold North Korea accountable for its missile tests, which are prohibited by Council resolutions. of security.

North Korea’s powerful Standing Committee of the Supreme People’s Assembly awarded the Hwasong-17 missile the title of “DPRK Hero and Gold Star Medal and Order of the National Flag First Class,” KCNA said in a separate statement. , using the initials of the official name of the country, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

“(The missile) clearly demonstrated to the world that the DPRK is a full-fledged nuclear power capable of opposing the US imperialists’ nuclear supremacy and fully demonstrated its power as the most powerful ICBM state,” KCNA said.

The fiery test showed that North Korea will react in the same way to “the enemy’s nuclear and full frontal confrontation,” according to the report.

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