Kim Jong Un calls for nuclear strength, economic development – By Thomas Maresca (UPI) / January 13 2021
SEOUL, Jan. 13 (UPI) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wrapped up a multi-day congress of the ruling Workers’ Party with calls for economic development and a powerful nuclear weapons program in a closing address, state media reported on Wednesday.
“Everything must be done to strengthen the nuclear war deterrent and to develop the strongest military force,” he said in his speech on Tuesday, state-run Korean Central News Agency reported.
“We must raise defense science and technology to a higher level and unconditionally carry out munitions productions goals and tasks” over the course of a new five-year plan, he said.
Over the weekend, Kim called the United States North Korea’s “principal enemy” and said North Korea was looking to develop tactical nuclear weapons and large warheads able to “strike and annihilate any strategic targets within a range of 15,000 kilometers [9,320 miles] with pinpoint accuracy.”