Seoul: Signalling that he has no intention to give up nuclear weapons, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said nuclear deterrence will permanently guarantee national security.
Kim made the remark during a speech at a national conference of veterans held recently to commemorate the 67th anniversary of the end of the 1950-53 Korean War, according to Pyongyang’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
The Korean War ended in an armistice signed on July 27, 1953, which leaves South and North Korea technically in a state of war.
“Thanks to our reliable and effective self-defence war deterrence, there will no longer be war on this land and our national security and future will be firmly guaranteed permanently,” Kim was quoted as saying by the KCNA.
“Bearing in mind that we should have a strong power to safeguard the fate of our country and people, we will never stop honing the most powerful national defence capacity that cannot be matched by anyone else,” he added.
Kim said that fierce struggles with enemies have continued since the Korean War and that pressure from imperialists has also increased, apparently referring to the United States against which it fought during the war.
He added that the pressure was the reason why the North had sought nuclear programs that he believes now help his country defend itself against outside threats.
This marked the first time since 2015 that Kim delivered a speech at the conference of war veterans.
State media reported that fireworks were displayed in central Pyongyang to celebrate the anniversary of the end of the war and lots of people gathered to watch the events.