Kim Jong-un calls for boosting military capabilities, not targeting Seoul or Washington
Updated: 2021-10-12 08:49:35 KST
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has called for the strengthening of his regime's military capabilities to counter what he insists are "hostile forces" against the North.
But he also underlined the move is not aimed at Seoul or Washington.
For more, we have our North Korean affairs correspondent Kim Dami on the line.
Dami, tell us more.
That's right, Mark. The North's leader Kim Jong-un has criticized the U.S. saying that there are no grounds to believe Washington is not hostile toward Pyeongyang.
According to the North's state media on Tuesday, Kim made the statement Monday in a speech at a defense development exhibition to mark the 76th founding anniversary of the ruling Workers' Party.
He then accused Washington of creating tensions on the Korean Peninsula and said such tensions will not be easily resolved because of the U.S.
Kim also denounced Seoul for being "hypocritical" and having "double standards" for continuing to boost military capabilities.
Kim Jong-un then pointed out that strengthening national defense is the regime's number one priority.
Yet, he made sure to note that such a move is not to target a specific country like the South or the U.S., adding that the North's main enemy is war itself.
He then added that the horrific history of using armaments against the same people on the peninsula should not be repeated.
Kim's speech came less than two weeks after the North test-fired a new anti-aircraft missile in what was its fourth missile launch in September alone.
Kim also delivered a lecture on Sunday, where he highlighted the need to improve the livelihoods of his people
Right. Kim Jong-un delivered the lecture, marking the founding anniversary but there was no mention of South Korea or the U.S.
There was no military parade either.
Instead, he said he will work towards improving his people's living conditions, pledging to resolve issues related to food, clothing and shelter for the next five years.
Sunday's lecture reflects Kim's determination to successfully carry out parts of his five-year economic plan set in January this year.
It was also Kim's first at a party founding anniversary event since he took power in 2011.
This is all I have for now.
Back to you, Mark.