January 27, 2023

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North Korea: Kim Jong Un plans world’s ‘most powerful’ nuclear force

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North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un plans to build the world’s “most powerful” nuclear force, state news agency KCNA reported on Sunday.

The “ultimate goal” behind North Korea’s nuclear program is to possess “absolute power unparalleled in this century,” Kim said Saturday as part of an order to promote dozens of military officials, the agency reported.

The order comes after North Korea conducted a “test firing of a new kind” of an ICBM on November 18.

The missile was a Hwaseong-17, according to KCNA, a giant missile theoretically capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to the mainland United States.

In his comments, Kim praised the officials who developed the new missile.

He called the missile “the world’s most powerful strategic weapon” and said it “represented a wonderful leap forward in the development of the technology of mounting nuclear warheads on ballistic missiles.”

With the development of the new ICBM, Kim said, North Korea has demonstrated to the world “the confident, ever-victorious future of our state as it moves toward the goal of building the world’s most powerful army.”

In a recent letter sent to Kim, scientists from North Korea’s Academy of Defense Sciences said the test shot was a “great historic victory” for the country and demonstrated North Korea’s sovereignty.

Kim himself attended the launch with a child believed to be his daughter Ju Ae.

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Pyongyang also released video of the missile launch, for only the third time since 2017, according to Ankit Panda, senior fellow in the nuclear policy program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

While the test showed Pyongyang can launch a large ICBM and keep it aloft for more than an hour, North Korea still hasn’t demonstrated the ability to place a warhead on a long-range ballistic missile — projectiles fired into space — that can survive the fiery re-entry into the earth’s atmosphere.

But analysts say the North Koreans are honing their skills with repeated testing.