Kim Jong Un Threatens To Use Nuclear Weapons Against US, South Korea

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un warned he’s ready to use his nuclear weapons in potential military conflicts with the United States and South Korea, North Korea’s KCNA news agency reported Thursday, as he unleashed fiery rhetoric against rivals he says are pushing the Korean Peninsula to the brink of war.

“Our armed forces are completely prepared to respond to any crisis, and our country’s nuclear war deterrent is also ready to mobilize its absolute power dutifully, exactly and swiftly in accordance with its mission,” Kim said in Wednesday’s speech, according to the state-run Korean Central News Agency.

Kim was speaking to Korean War veterans on the 69th anniversary of the end of the fighting in an apparent effort to bolster national unity amid economic struggles connected to a coronavirus outbreak and U.S. sanctions.

He accused the United States of “demonizing” North Korea to justify its hostile policies. He said U.S.-South Korea military drills show the U.S.’s “double standards” and “gangster-like” aspects because it brands North Korea’s routine military activities — an apparent reference to its missile tests — as provocations or threats.

Kim also called new South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol “a confrontation maniac” who’s gone further than past South Korean leaders and said Yoon’s conservative government was led by “gangsters.” Since taking office in May, the Yoon government has moved to strengthen Seoul’s military alliance with the United States and bolster its capacity to neutralize North Korean nuclear threats including a preemptive strike capability.

“We once again urge North Korea to take the path of dialogue to achieve substantive denuclearization and peace,” Yoon’s office said in response to Kim’s remarks, adding that South Korea is capable of defending itself.

North Korea is planning on conducting its first nuclear test in five years soon, according to U.S. and South Korean officials.

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