SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has accused the Trump administration of gaining a foothold in nuclear talks and warned that his country will soon show the world a new strategic weapon to strengthen its nuclear deterrent ” Gangster-like “US sanctions and pressure.
State media in the north said Wednesday that Kim said this at a four-day government party meeting in the capital, Pyongyang, stating that the north would never give up its security for economic benefits in light of what it described, increasing US hostility and nuclear threats.
Kim’s comments came after a month of stalemate between Washington and Pyongyang over disagreements involving disarmament and lifting sanctions imposed on the north.
“He said that we will never allow the cheeky US to abuse the DPRK US. Dialogue to achieve its dirty goal will, however, develop into a shocking, real action to make it pay for the pain our people have suffered and the slow development so far, “said the Korean Central News Agency, referring to the north name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
Kim added: “If the United States maintains its hostile policy towards the DPRK, there will never be denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula, and the DPRK will continue to develop necessary and prerequisite strategic weapons for state security until the United States takes theirs hostile push back politics, “the agency said.
However, Kim did not clearly indicate that he would completely abandon negotiations with the United States or resume testing of atomic bombs and ICBMs that he had suspended in 2018 due to a self-imposed moratorium.
He warned that there would be no reason for the North to be “unilaterally” bound to the moratorium. He criticized the United States for continuing its joint military exercises with rival South Korea and equipping the south with advanced weapons.
“In the past two years alone, when the DPRK took preventive and decisive measures to stop the nuclear test and the ICBM test fire and close the nuclear test site to strengthen trust between the DPRK and the United States, the United States was far from it removed from responding to the former, with appropriate measures, conducted dozens of large and small joint military exercises that its president had personally promised to stop, and threatened the former militarily by transporting state-of-the-art war equipment to (South Korea), ”said KCNA Kim ,
Some experts say North Korea, which has always been sensitive to changes in the U.S. government, will avoid serious negotiations over an agreement with Washington in the coming months as it watches Trump’s upcoming impeachment proceedings against Ukraine against the U.S. Presidential elections in Ukraine affected November.
Kim and President Donald Trump have met three times since June 2018, but negotiations have stalled since the collapse of their second summit in Vietnam last February, when Americans called for North Korean demands for comprehensive sanctions relief in exchange for partial surrender of their nuclear capabilities rejected.
Kim’s speech followed months of intense test activity and warlike statements by various North Korean officials, which raised concerns that he would return to the confrontation and prepare to do something provocative if Washington did not give in and lift the sanctions.
The North announced in December that it had carried out two “crucial” tests at its long-range missile launch site that would further increase its nuclear deterrent. This gave rise to speculation that he would develop an ICBM or plan a satellite launch that would provide an opportunity to advance his missile technology target.
North Korea also ended a 17-month hiatus in ballistic activity last year by testing a number of solid fuel weapons that could potentially expand its capabilities to attack targets in South Korea and Japan, including US military bases there. It also threatened to lift a self-imposed moratorium on atomic bomb and ICBM testing.