Kim out to match US in nu­clear arms race

Daily Mercury - - WORLD NEWS -

NORTH Korean leader Kim Jong-un says his coun­try is near­ing its goal of “equi­lib­rium” in mil­i­tary force with the United States.

The North’s of­fi­cial Korean Cen­tral News Agency car­ried Mr Kim’s com­ments on Satur­day – a day af­ter US and South Korean mil­i­taries de­tected the mis­sile launch from Py­ongyang.

It trav­elled 3700km as it passed over the Ja­panese is­land of Hokkaido be­fore land­ing in the north­ern Pa­cific Ocean. It was the coun­try’s long­est-ever test flight of a bal­lis­tic mis­sile.

The in­creas­ingly fre­quent and ag­gres­sive tests have added to fears that the North is closer than ever to build­ing a mil­i­tary arse­nal that could vi­ably tar­get the US and its al­lies in Asia.

The news agency said Mr Kim ex­pressed great sat­is­fac­tion over the launch, which he said ver­i­fied the “com­bat ef­fi­ciency and re­li­a­bil­ity” of the mis­sile and the suc­cess of ef­forts to in­crease its power.

He vowed to com­plete his nu­clear weapons program in the face of strength­en­ing in­ter­na­tional sanc­tions, the agency said.

He said all fu­ture drills should be “mean­ing­ful and prac­ti­cal ones for in­creas­ing the com­bat power of the nu­clear force” to es­tab­lish an or­der in the de­ploy­ment of nu­clear war­heads for “ac­tual war”.

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