The goal of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's (DPRK) defense testing is to establish an “equilibrium” with the United States, in order that the U.S. doesn't threaten military action against the country, Workers Party of Korea Chairman Kim Jong-Un said on Saturday.
“Our final goal is to establish the equilibrium of real force with the U.S. and make the U.S. rulers dare not talk about military options for the DPRK,” Kim Jong-Un was reported as saying by KCNA.
The leader said it was necessary to continue onward with defense research, in order to develop the capacity for counterattack, effectively deterring military action against the DPRK.
Meanwhile, White House National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said on Friday that the U.S. is considering a military option. “For those... who have been commenting on a lack of a military option (against the DPRK), there is a military option,” he said. U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, has also recently made similar statements. Haley is among the strongest voices in the U.N. pressuring for stronger sanctions against the DPRK.
The DPRK successfully test-fired another ballistic missile this week, which flew over Japan and hit its target in North Pacific waters. The launch came just after the United Nations Security Council imposed a new round of sanctions on the country.
“We have made all these achievements despite the U.N. sanctions that have lasted for decades, and none of them were made under any “benefit” of the U.N.” Kim Jong-Un said. “We should clearly show the great-power chauvinists how our state attains the goal of completing its nuclear force despite their limitless sanctions and blockade.”
With recent tests of nuclear warheads, and ballistic delivery methods, Kim Jong-Un praised the country’s engineers and scientists for having “nearly reached” their goals of developing a nuclear deterrent.
The DPRK has repeatedly demanded that the U.S. and South Korea call off their war games, which entail live bombing excercises and tens of thousands of troops active near the demilitarized zone that divides the Korean Peninsula. China and Russia have also repeatedly called for the exercises to be halted, in exchange for the freezing of more nuclear tests by the DPRK.
The U.S. has rejected these demands.