NEW YORK: In a challenge to the global order, North Korea has issued a threat that it will become “world’s most powerful nuclear and military state.”
Pyongyang’s assertion of ambitions to global supremacy came on Friday after Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned the Security Council, “The situation on the Korean Peninsula is the most tense and dangerous peace and security issue in the world today.”
Pyongyang “will march forward and make great advancement victoriously as world’s most powerful nuclear and military state upholding the line on simultaneous development of the Two Fronts,” North Korea’s Permanent Representative Ja Song-nam told the Security Council during a session on the threat from his country’s nuclear and missile programmes.
The mention of “Two Fronts” is a reference to North Korea’s theory of simultaneously developing its military capabilities, as well as its economy, which are both vulnerable to international sanctions.
With the characteristic bombast of his country’s rhetoric, Mr. Ja dismissed the Council as “tool” of the United States, which he said is “terrified by the incredible might of our republic.” He described the latest North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile test on November 29 as the “Great November Event” leading to “completing the state nuclear force” and “building a rocket power.”
That missile, said to be capable of hitting targets anywhere in the US, landed off Japan’s coast within its economic exclusive zone in its test flight.
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While claiming to be marching towards becoming the world’s most powerful military and nuclear state, Mr. Ja also asserted that Pyongyang “would not pose any threat to any country and region” as long as its interests were not threatened.