Kim vows to strengthen Pyongyang’s “war deterrence”

Seoul, Oct 10 (efe-epa).- North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un said Saturday that his country would continue strengthening its armed forces for self-defense and “deterrence”.

Kim delivered the speech during a military parade held to mark the 75th anniversary of the Workers’ Party.

“We will continue to strengthen war deterrence for self-defense to deter, control and manage all dangerous attempts and threatening acts, including ever-growing nuclear threats, from hostile forces,” the leader of one of the world’s most hermetic nations said during the parade held before the break of dawn, according to state television footage.

Those comments could be interpreted as being directed at the United States, although Kim made no explicit reference to Washington.

The military parade was the first to be held by North Korea since 2018.

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said that it was monitoring the military hardware on display, according to Yonhap news agency.

“We are analyzing details of the weaponry that Pyongyang displayed today,” a JCS officer said. “No unusual movements by the North Korean military have been detected.”

Kim also discussed the coronavirus pandemic, which despite not having spread through the country has indirectly had a severe impact on North Korea’s economy.

The country closed its borders at the end of January when the virus was spreading in neighboring China, hampering the entry of foreign goods and capital.

Kim, at times apparently fighting back tears during the speech, repeated the claim that the country had not reported a single positive Covid-19 case, and thanked his compatriots for their part in keeping the virus at bay.

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