Kim, making his first public appearance in nearly three weeks, delivered one of his strongest rhetorical attacks against South Korea since conservative President Eun Suk Yeol took office in May and began taking a hard line toward Pyongyang. had promised. The North Korean leader said “US imperialists are pushing South Korean officials into a suicidal confrontation with their country”, the state’s official Korean Central News Agency reported on Thursday.
“The South Korean regime and its military thugs are strategizing to confront us militarily.” kim Told. “Such a dangerous attempt will be immediately punished by our mighty force, and the Eun Suk Yeol regime and its army will be wiped out.”
Kim has been increasing his provocation this year, while the US’s attention has been drawn to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which has fired a record number of ballistic missiles and indicated that it would be carrying out its first nuclear war since 2017. can test. The fiery speech serves as a reminder. President Joe Biden Regarding the serious security problems posed by Pyongyang.
The speech marked the July 27 signing of a ceasefire agreement between US-led United Nations forces, North Korea and China, which brought a ceasefire in the 1950–1953 Korean War. Even though it ended in a stalemate, North Korea celebrates this day as “Victory in the Fatherland”.
US pressure to isolate Russia over its invasion of Ukraine, as well as growing hostility towards China, allowed Kim to strengthen his nuclear deterrent without fear of facing more sanctions at the UN Security Council. has given. There is almost no chance that Russia or China, which have veto power in the council, will support any measure against North Korea, as they did in 2017 after a series of weapons tests that prompted the former president did. Donald Trump To warn of “fire and fury”.
Kim often goes out of the public eye for summer stays at her coastal mansions and megayachts. But any longer absence raises questions about the health of the 38-year-old, whose longest time without a public appearance as leader was six weeks in 2014. His last appearance in state media was on 9 July when he appeared in a photograph. Sessions with ruling party workers.