Kim’s speech to war veterans on the 69th anniversary of the end of the 1950-53 Korean War was apparently meant to promote internal unity in a poor country plagued by economic hardships related to the pandemic. Some observers say North Korea will intensify its threats against the United States and South Korea as the allies prepare to expand the summer exercise to the North’s views as an invasion rehearsal.
Kim said in Wednesday’s speech, “Our armed forces are fully prepared to respond to any crisis, and our nation’s nuclear war deterrent will also be able to mobilize its full force dutifully, absolutely and swiftly in accordance with its mission.” are ready.” Central News Agency.
He accused the United States of “demonising” North Korea to justify its hostile policies. He said the US-South Korea military exercises show “double standards” and “gangster-like” aspects of the US because it sees North Korea’s routine military activities – an apparent reference to its missile tests – as provocation or threats. Brand does.
Kim also called the new president of South Korea eun suk yeoli “A confrontational maniac” who has gone ahead of previous South Korean leaders and said that Yoon’s conservative government was led by a “gangster”. Since taking office in May, the Yoon government has moved to strengthen Seoul’s military alliance with the United States and strengthen its ability to neutralize North Korea’s nuclear threats, including a preemptive strike capability. also includes.
“Talking about military action against our country, which has the full weapons they fear most, is absurd and very dangerous suicide,” Kim said. “Such a dangerous attempt will be immediately punished by our mighty force and the Eun Suk Yeol government and its army will be wiped out.”
This year, Kim is threatening his rivals to step up his nuclear program in what some foreign experts say is an attempt to seize external concessions and achieve greater domestic unity.
In April, Kim said North Korea could already use nuclear weapons if threatened, so they would “never be limited to a single mission of deterrence.” Kim’s military has also tested nuclear-capable missiles both on the US mainland and south. Korea within striking distance.
Kim is seeking greater public support as his country’s economy has been hit by pandemic-related border closures, US-led sanctions and his own mismanagement. North Korea also acknowledged its first COVID-19 outbreak in May, although the scale of the illness and death is widely disputed in a country that lacks the modern medical capacity to handle it.
“Kim’s rhetoric has amplified external threats to justify his militarily focused and economically struggling regime,” said Professor Leif-Erik Easley from Iwa University in Seoul. “North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs are in violation of international law, but Kim tries to portray its unstable weapons creation as a noble attempt in self-defense.”
North Korea has rejected US and South Korean proposals to resume talks, saying its rivals have previously criticized their hostile policies on the North in clear reference to US-led sanctions and US-South Korean military exercises. should leave.
South Korea’s defense ministry said last week that this year’s summer military exercise with the United States will include field training for the first time since 2018 alongside existing computer-simulated tabletop exercises.
In recent years, South Korean and US forces have canceled or curtailed some of their regular exercises due to concerns about COVID-19 and in return for the purpose of persuading North Korea to abandon its nuclear program. led diplomacy. economic and political benefits.