Selin ATAY-TDO-North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said there will be no more war as the country’s nuclear arsenal guarantees its safety and the future despite unabated outside pressure and military threats, according to North Korean state media.
Kim made the remarks as he celebrated the 67th anniversary of the end of the 1950-53 Korean War, which fell on July 27, with a reception for veterans, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported.
"With our reliable and effective self-defensive nuclear deterrent, there will be no more war on this earth, and our country's safety and future will be firmly guaranteed forever," Kim said in a speech.
Kim considered his country’s nuclear weapons as “reliable, effective” deterrent that could prevent a second war on the Korean Peninsula. North Korean leader said his country developed nuclear weapons to win the “absolute strength” to stave off another armed conflict.
“Now we are capable of defending ourselves in the face of any form of high intensity pressure and military threats from imperialist and hostile forces,” Kim said in a speech, KCNA reported.
North Korean leader stressed that no country can underestimate his country anymore, warning that anyone who does will pay a heavy price.
Kim’ remarks on nuclear weapons came amid stalled talks aimed at dismantling Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programmes in exchange for sanctions relief from Washington. His speech implies that he has no intention of abandoning his weapons as prospects dim for resuming diplomacy with the United States.