North Korea leader sets new military goals for 2023 — RT World News
Speaking to the country’s Workers’ Party Central Committee, Kim Jong-un spoke of a ‘new difficult situation’ on the peninsula
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has called for further strengthening the country’s defense capabilities next year, citing the tense situation on the Korean peninsula. Kim’s speech on Wednesday followed months of regular missile launches by Pyongyang, with some media outlets claiming the country had even set a record.
The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on the leader’s speech to the Sixth Extended Plenary Meeting of the 8th Central Committee of the ruling Workers’ Party, where Kim, among others, outlined his vision for the People’s Republic Democratic Republic of Korea (DPRK). military in 2023.
According to the transcript, North Korea’s leader pointed out that the country was facing a “newly created difficult situation.” In this spirit, Kim “Defining new key objectives to strengthen self-defense capabilities.”
The state media, however, did not disclose what exactly those goals are.
The KCNA went on to report that the Supreme Leader had clarified the “direction of the fight against the enemy” to which the party and the government of the DPRK must adhere in order to defend North Korea “sovereignty and national interests”.
According to Reuters, Pyongyang set a 2022 record for the number of rockets launched, a tally that would include several ballistic and cruise missiles.
In 2021, the country’s leaders announced their intention to develop a number of “priority” strategic weapons, including tactical nuclear weapons, hypersonic glide warheads, nuclear-powered submarines and a reconnaissance satellite.
Last Friday, North Korea launched two ballistic missiles into the sea off its east coast. It came days after the KCNA claimed the country’s military had successfully tested its spy satellites carried by two rockets.
While South Korea and the United States constantly accuse the North of destabilizing the region, Pyongyang insists that many of the launches came in response to joint Seoul-Washington military exercises on the peninsula.
Just last week, the two countries concluded exercises with US nuclear-capable B-52 bombers and South Korean fighter jets.
Tensions between the South and the North escalated further on Monday when a number of drones, presumably launched by North Korea, entered South Korean airspace.
Seoul’s military did not shoot any of them, prompting South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol to promise a tougher response if further news “Provocation” by the DPRK.