Kim Jong Un wants to strengthen North Korea’s military (Picture: AP)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has threatened to expand his nuclear arsenal and said North Korea’s relationship with the US depends on whether it abandons its ‘hostile policy’.
Mr Kim revealed a list of high-tech weapons systems that are currently under development which he wants to help strengthen the country’s military which he feels North Korea needs to cope with intensifying US hostility.
The Korean Central News Agency reported that Mr Kim told the meeting that the ‘key to establishing new relations between (North Korea) and the United States is whether the United States withdraws its hostile policy’.
He said the US was North Korea’s ‘main enemy’ and said ‘whoever takes office in the US, its basic nature and hostile policy will never change’.
The leader claims the country is developing weaponry including a multi-warhead missile, underwater-launched nuclear missiles, solid-fuelled long-range missiles and spy satellites.
He is open to negotiating with Washington but insists North Korea must have a stronger military and bigger nuclear capability, although he said he would not use nuclear weapons unless threatened first.
Mr Kim revealed a list of high-tech weapons being developed in North Korea (Picture: AP)
Mr Kim told the ruling party the US was the country’s ‘main enemy’. (Picture: Reuters)
Part of his plan to bolster his country’s armed forces is to make sure Pyongyang, the capital, advances its precision attack capability on targets in 9,320-mile range, the distance from the city to US mainland.
Likewise he wants to develop technology to manufacture smaller nuclear warheads to be mounted on long-range missiles more easily.
‘The reality is that we can achieve peace and prosperity on the Korean peninsula when we constantly build up our national defence and suppress US military threats,’ Mr Kim said.
Mr Kim seems to trying to put pressure on the upcoming Biden administration (Picture: PA)
Mr Biden, who will take office on January 20, is unlikely to hold direct meetings with Mr Kim unless the North Korean leader takes significant denuclearisation steps.
Mr Kim did not cite any specific provocative US actions but has previously called regular US military drills with South Korea an invasion rehearsal, though the allies have repeatedly denied that.
It is unclear whether North Korea will be able to develop the systems Mr Kim wants.
It is unclear if North Korea is capable of developing such systems given that information about the country is so unavailable to the outside world.
In 2018, the South Korean government said North Korea was estimated to have up to 60 nuclear weapons.
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