Kim said in comments made on Saturday that North Korea is advancing its armaments to stop the United States. These comments seem to indicate President Donald Trump’s strategy of engaging with high-level Pyongyang-including three historic battles between Trump and Kim Jong Il. Face-to-face meeting. -Failed to convince Pyongyang to stop pursuing a modern nuclear arsenal.
Kim Jong Il said: “No matter who is in power in the United States, the true nature and spirit of the anti-Northern policy will never change,” Kim Jong Il said.
“Continuously promote the development of nuclear weapons.”
Jin said these projects are in various stages of development. He said that the “multi-warhead guidance technology”
King said that improvements to tactical nuclear weapons are also being finalized. The improved purpose of tactical nuclear weapons is to use them in a shorter range, and their destructive power is usually not as good as strategic nuclear weapons. Nuclear-powered submarine research seems to be the least distant. King said that the research on these submarines has been completed and is in the “final stage of inspection.”
Experts say that the Kim Jong Il regime has long sought these technologies to improve the quality and durability of its nuclear weapons. From a deterrence perspective, nuclear-powered submarines will be particularly useful because it will enhance North Korea’s “second strike” capability, that is, the ability to survive the enemy’s initial nuclear attack and respond in kind.
Anki Panda, a senior researcher at the Carnegie Foundation for International Peace and a North Korean nuclear program expert, said: “I would not even expect to build a prototype naval nuclear reactor in North Korea, but their interest in this technology is not surprising. .”
Panda said that Kim’s interest in tactical or low-yield nuclear weapons is justified, although they are “very inefficient in the use of fissile materials,” which is not easy for North Korea.
“Kim Jong Un and the Bomb: North Korea’s Survival and Deterrence,” said Panda, “From a strategic point of view, North Korea’s interest in these weapons is not surprising-in fact, it greatly enhances Kim Jong Il’s preferred nuclear strategy. .”Korea. ”
Panda said that North Korea may want these tactical nuclear weapons to fight a potential conventional domestic invasion. In this way, Kim Jong Il can retain his strategic long-range nuclear weapons, “if the United States and allies step up their attacks after the initial use of nuclear weapons, they will retaliate against the United States and the militia centers in Japan and South Korea.”
He said: “King’s interest in tactical nuclear weapons is very similar to Pakistan’s nuclear weapons: using them early can reduce the mobilization of traditionally better neighbors.”
Kim Jong Il’s comments were passed on to the country’s top political leaders, who gathered in Pyongyang for the 8th Workers’ Party Congress. This was a high-level meeting where the rulers of the country gathered to review the successes and failures of the past few years and set the agenda. future. These meetings are usually held every five years or so, but Kim Jong Il’s father and predecessor Kim Jong Il (Kim Jong Il) stopped holding meetings after 1980. Kim Jong Un resumed the meeting in 2016.
North Korea’s fledgling economy may be the most important topic on the domestic agenda. Kim admitted in August that his economic plan for the Seventh Workers’ Party had failed and vowed to do better. However, sanctions, natural disasters and the Covid-19 pandemic have plunged North Korea’s economy into free fall, and experts are not sure how the situation will improve without major reforms.
King’s plan to develop nuclear arsenals and modernize conventional arsenals covers most of the content. He pledged that North Korea will become a responsible nuclear power and is committed to the “no first use of nuclear weapons policy.”
Kim Jong Il said: “As a responsible nuclear power, North Korea will not abuse nuclear weapons unless aggressive hostile forces try to deal with nuclear weapons.”
Kim Jong Il said that the continuous increase in nuclear and conventional weapons does not “preclude diplomacy,” but he warned his opponents against “any attempt to violate the country’s highest interests and dignity.”
The opinion against the United States is the first time that Kim Jong Il has publicly pointed out the president-elect Biden, indicating that North Korea may not be eager to participate in the first day of negotiations for the new government.
Kim Jong Il said that the key to establishing a new North Korean-US relationship requires the United States to end its “hostile policy” against Pyongyang, which North Korea usually defines as an alliance between Washington and South Korea and promises to protect South Korea under the protection of the United States. Nuclear Umbrella” and the deployment of US forces in East Asia.
However, Biden has made it clear that his foreign policy strategy will involve strengthening ties with allies Trump believes to give up, and Trump believes that this partnership is transactional in nature.
The Ministry of Unification of South Korea stated that Seoul will not respond to Kim Jong-il’s remarks and change its policy on denuclearization or peace between North and South Korea.
The ministry said in a statement: “South Korea hopes that negotiations between North Korea and the United States will resume as soon as the new government is established.”
However, due to North Korea’s provocative missile tests in the first 100 days of the Trump and Obama administrations, the Biden administration may be forced to do so earlier.