Kim wears a military uniform, displays missiles and warns that he will advance nuclear weapons

Kim Jong-un said the nuclear forces, the symbol of our national strength and the centerpiece of our military strength, must be enhanced in terms of quality and size. Do it “at a faster pace” in a lengthy speech during a military parade in Pyongyang, according to the Korean Central News Agency.

Although its contents were only revealed yesterday, the speech was delivered Monday night, during a parade to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Korean People’s Revolutionary Army, at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang.

The North Korean leader, who was dressed in a white military uniform and accompanied by his wife, Ri Sol Ju, watched a display of tanks, rocket launchers and missiles.

North Korea faces tough international sanctions over its nuclear weapons program, and negotiations have failed to persuade Kim to abandon the tests.

For Kim, there is no doubt: the country’s nuclear weapons are a “symbol of national strength” and must be diverse. He stressed that “to anticipate the turbulent political and military situation and all kinds of future crises… we will build our nuclear force as quickly as possible.”

This year alone, Pyongyang has conducted more than a dozen weapons tests, including its first fully-powered international ballistic missile launch since 2017. In 2006, North Korea, still led by Kim Jong Il, father of the current leader, carried The first nuclear test. Since then, he’s performed five more, always upping his intensity.

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