Jong Un Vows to Enhance Nuke Capabilities During Military Parade

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un vowed to enhance the development of nuclear weapons and warned to use them if provoked in a speech he delivered at a military parade that featured powerful missiles capable of targeting the country’s rivals.

The Korean Central News Agency said on Tuesday that Kim made threatening remarks during a military parade in Kim Il Sung square.

Kim’s remarks suggest he will continue provocative weapons tests in a pressure campaign to extract concessions from the U.S. and its allies.

“(We) will continue to take measures for further developing the nuclear forces of our state at the fastest possible speed,” Kim told the troops and crowd gathered at a plaza in the capital, Pyongyang.

Kim said North Korea could proactively use its nuclear weapons if attacked, and that its nuclear forces to be fully prepared to go ‘in motion at any time.

“The fundamental mission of our nuclear forces is to deter a war, but our nukes can never be confined to the single mission of war deterrent even at a time when a situation we are not desirous of at all is created on this land. If any forces try to violate the fundamental interests of our state, our nuclear forces will have to decisively accomplish its unexpected second mission, which would leave any invading force perished,” Kim said.

The military parade featured thousands of troops and several of North Korea’s most powerful missiles. 

Some intercontinental ballistic missiles are capable of reaching the U.S. mainland, while a variety of shorter-range solid-fuel missiles constitute a growing threat to South Korea and Japan.

Hwasong-17, North Korea’s biggest and newest intercontinental ballistic missile, was one of the weapons showcased at the military parade, named after Kim’s late grandfather and state founder.

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