North Korea Pledges to Boost Nuclear Arsenal at Military Parade

Kim Jong Un vows to bolster forces at parade as the country's intercontinental ballistic missiles, test-launched this month, put on display

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends a nighttime military parade to mark the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Korean People's Revolutionary Army in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Tuesday.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends a nighttime military parade to mark the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Korean People's Revolutionary Army in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Tuesday.Credit: KCNA via REUTERS
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North Korea will speed up development of its nuclear arsenal, leader Kim Jong Un said at a military parade that displayed intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), state media reported on Tuesday.

The parade occurred on Monday during celebrations for the founding anniversary of North Korea's armed forces, state news agency KCNA said. It comes as Pyongyang has stepped up weapons tests and displays of military power amid stalled denuclearization talks with the United States and an incoming conservative administration in South Korea.

"The nuclear force of the Republic must be ready to exercise its responsible mission and unique deterrence anytime," Kim told the gathering, according to KCNA.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends a nighttime military parade to mark the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Korean People's Revolutionary Army in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Tuesday.Credit: KCNA via REUTERS

The fundamental mission of the North's nuclear force is to deter war, but that may not be the only use if other countries impose undesired circumstances, he added.

The parade featured North Korea's largest ICBM, the Hwasong-17, KCNA reported. The massive missile was test fired for the first time last month, but officials in South Korea believe efforts to conduct a full test ended in an explosion over Pyongyang.

North Korea's state media did not immediately release imagery of Monday's parade, but the processions often display previously unseen weapons, and usually include rows of conventional weapons such as artillery and tanks, plus tens of thousands of goose-stepping troops shouting "long life" to Kim Jong Un.

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