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Kim calls to boost N-arsenal, says US making war inevitable

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SEOUL: North Korea vowed to launch three new spy satellites, build military drones, and boost its nuclear arsenal in 2024 as leader Kim Jong-un said US policy is making war inevitable, state media reported on Sunday. Kim lashed out at Washington in lengthy remarks wrapping up five days of ruling party meetings that set economic, military and foreign policy goals for the coming year.
“Because of reckless moves by the enemies to invade us, it is a fait accompli that a war can break out at any time on the Korean peninsula,” Kim said.He ordered the military to prepare to “pacify the entire territory of South Korea,” including with nuclear bombs if necessary, in response to any attack. Kim’s speech comes ahead of a year that will see pivotal elections in both South Korea and the US.
South Korea’s defence ministry condemned Pyongyang’s plans to press ahead with its nuclear ambitions. “If North Korea attempts to use nuclear weapons against us, we will retaliate overwhelmingly…,” the defence ministry said in a statement. The US has also increased drills and deployed more military assets near the Korean peninsula.
Kim said the return of such weapons had completely transformed South Korea into a “forward military base and nuclear arsenal” of the US. “If we look closely at the confrontational military actions by the enemy forces… the word ‘war’ has become a realistic reality and not an abstract concept.” Kim said that he has no choice but to press forward with his nuclear ambitions and forge deeper ties with countries that oppose the US. N Korea has deep ties with both China and Russia.

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