North Korea is once again preparing for war, according to a statement by Kim Jong Un emphasizing the weapon and nuclear industry. Amid increasing tensions with the United States and their allies, the North Korean leader also announced his intention to expand strategic cooperation with “anti-imperialist, independent” states.
During the 9th plenary session of the 8th Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of North Korea, Kim outlined a series of military and economic goals for the new year. He emphasized the importance of accelerating the country’s military capabilities, particularly in the fields of nuclear weapons and defense.
According to the North Korean state news agency KCNA, “He (Kim) set military tasks for the People’s Army and the munitions industry, the sectors of nuclear weapons and civil defense, to further accelerate the war preparations.”
A week ago, Kim warned that North Korea would respond with a nuclear attack if provoked. This move suggests that North Korea will continue weapon tests for the modernization of its nuclear arsenal. This stance has raised concerns in the international community. The United States and South Korea, in response, have intensified discussions on nuclear deterrence strategies.
However, North Korea’s refusal to engage in diplomacy with the U.S., a stance that solidified after the cessation of talks with former U.S. President Donald Trump in 2019, has further complicated the situation. Pyongyang’s recent rhetoric, condemning U.S.-South Korea military exercises and threatening countermeasures, highlights the escalation of tension in the region.