According to North Korean state media, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said he hopes his country will no longer need to fight wars because his nuclear arsenal ensures its safety.
Talking to a group of veterans on the 67th anniversary of the armistice that formally ended the Korean War that fell on July 27, Kim said that nuclear weapons would allow North Korea to protect itself against any imperialist and hostile forces’ high pressure and military threats.
For years, North Korea has described its acquisition of nuclear weapons as solely defensive and intended to discourage attempts to invade or change the regime. Yet some analysts claim that nuclear weapons would embolden Pyongyang, allowing the Kim regime to pursue more aggressive and bellicose policies while dissuading adversaries from responding to violence at lower rates.
North Korea’s Warning
Regardless of why North Korea is seeking nuclear arms and the ballistic missiles needed to deliver them, Kim ‘s comments on Monday are a significant reminder of how challenging it would be to find an agreement that sees Pyongyang abandon a program that he sees as a key to his own survival. Kim’s speech came on one of the most important holidays in North Korea: the celebration of “The liberation of the Korean people in the Great Fatherland Liberation War,” which is how North Korea refers to the Korean War.
Most scholars believe that the war started when Kim Il Sung, grandfather of the new North Korean leader. Thus, invaded the South in an effort to forcefully reunify the Korean peninsula. North Korea nevertheless tells its people that the war started. Thus, when the U.S. and South Korea marched on the North. Also, Pyongyang won the war thanks to the leadership of Kim Il Sung.
The war is still theoretically active because, on July 27, 1953. The opposing sides concluded a ceasefire — not a settlement — which led to a cessation of hostilities but resolved nothing further. North Korea has warned its people over the decades since that. The threat of invasion remains, even as the conflict in the United States has faded from national memory. While some were hopeful that the June 2018 Singapore summit of Kim and US President Donald Trump. It could lead to a breakthrough that had previously eluded both sides. Also, no significant progress has been made in the nuclear talks between Washington and Pyongyang.
Although the North Koreans have indicated they ‘re open to another Trump-Kim summit, the chances for one seem poor. Kim Yo Jong, the sister of the North Korean leader and probably the country’s second-most influential figure. It states earlier this month that if North Korea agrees to a potential meeting. It is between Trump and Kim, the US will need to follow a new negotiating strategy.
Kim also states she agrees that the negotiating conditions between the two countries adjust. It is to focus on “withdrawal of (US) aggression” to North Korea instead of concentrating on exchanging denuclearization. It is for sanctions relief, effectively boosting the price for potential Washington-Pyongyang negotiations. For years, North Korea has accused the US of pursuing what it terms a “hostile strategy”. This is against the Kim government, referring to Washington ‘s alliance with South Korea. Its commitment to defending South Korea under the U.S. “nuclear umbrella” and U.S. deployments of force in East Asia.