N Korea seek­ing mil­i­tary ‘equi­lib­rium’ with the US

Kim says will use ‘all power’ to com­plete nuke pro­gramme

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - WORLD - Agence France­Presse let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

SEOUL:North Korea said on Satur­day it was seek­ing mil­i­tary “equi­lib­rium” with the United States as leader Kim Jong Un vowed to com­plete Py­ongyang’s nu­clear pro­gramme.

North Korea suc­cess­fully fired a Hwa­song-12 in­ter­me­di­at­erange bal­lis­tic mis­sile over Ja­pan on Fri­day, re­spond­ing to a new round of UN sanc­tions over its sixth nu­clear test with its fur­thest-ever mis­sile flight.

“Our fi­nal goal is to es­tab­lish the equi­lib­rium of real force with the US and make the US rulers dare not talk about mil­i­tary op­tion for the DPRK,” Kim said, ac­cord­ing to the of­fi­cial Korean Cen­tral News Agency.

Kim said the coun­try was close to com­plet­ing its nu­clear am­bi­tions and should use all power at its dis­posal to fin­ish the task, say­ing it had “nearly reached the ter­mi­nal”, KCNA re­ported.

The UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil con­demned the launch as “provoca­tive” and US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump sched­uled talks with the lead­ers of Ja­pan and South Korea to ad­dress the cri­sis. The US Pa­cific Com­mand con­firmed the rocket was an in­ter­me­di­ate range bal­lis­tic mis­sile and said the launch did not pose a threat to North Amer­ica or to Guam, which Py­ongyang has threat­ened with “en­velop­ing fire”.

Seoul’s de­fence min­istry said it prob­a­bly trav­elled around 3,700 km and reached a max­i­mum al­ti­tude of 770 km.

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