N Korea leader says he will com­plete nuke pro­gramme

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SEOUL: North Korea leader Kim Jong Un said the coun­try is near­ing its goal of “equi­lib­rium” in mil­i­tary force with the United States, as the United Nations Se­cu­rity Coun­cil strongly con­demned the North’s “highly provoca­tive” bal­lis­tic mis­sile test.

The North’s of­fi­cial Korean Cen­tral News Agency car­ried Kim’s com­ments yes­ter­day a day af­ter US and South Korean mil­i­taries de­tected the mis­sile launch from the North Korean cap­i­tal of Py­ongyang.

KCNA said 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.

Kim also said the coun­try has nearly com­pleted the build­ing of its nu­clear weapons force and called for “all-state ef­forts” to reach the goal and ob­tain a “ca­pac­ity for nu­clear coun­ter­at­tack the US can­not cope with.”

PIC/AFP

UNSC ac­cused N Korea of caus­ing ‘grave se­cu­rity con­cerns’.

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