According to official media reports on Tuesday, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who possesses nuclear weapons, blamed the United States for tensions on the Korean peninsula.
According to the official North Korean Central News Agency, he said in the opening speech of the defense exhibition that the United States is the “source” of instability.
Pyongyang has been subject to multiple international sanctions for its banned nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs, and these programs have made rapid progress under the leadership of Kim Jong Un.
In 2017, it tested missiles that could cover the entire continental United States and carried out the most powerful nuclear explosion to date. Pyongyang stated that it needs its own arsenal to protect itself from US invasion.
The Biden administration has repeatedly stated that it is not hostile to North Korea, but Kim said at the “Self-Defense 2021” exhibition: “I am curious if anyone or country believes this.”
According to the KCNA report, he added: “Their action has no basis to believe that it is not hostile.”
Kim’s speech came after North Korea tested a long-range cruise missile, a train-launched weapon, and what it calls a hypersonic warhead in recent weeks.
In 2018, Kim Jong Un became the first North Korean leader to meet the current US president at a high-profile Singapore summit.
But since the second meeting in Hanoi the following year broke down due to the lifting of sanctions and the return that Pyongyang was willing to give up, the negotiation process has basically stalled.
The Biden administration has stated that it is willing to meet with North Korean officials at any time and anywhere, without preconditions, in order to seek denuclearization.
Washington and Seoul are security allies, and Washington has about 28,500 soldiers stationed in the south to defend against neighboring countries that invaded in 1950.
In August, the South and the United States held a joint military exercise. Wargames always angered Pyongyang, and Pyongyang condemned them for preparing for invasion.
Seoul itself is spending billions of dollars to strengthen its military capabilities, and in September successfully tested its first submarine-launched ballistic missile — placing South Korea among the elite nations with mature submarine-launched ballistic missile technology — and revealed Supersonic cruise missile.
Last week, Pyongyang and Seoul reconnected their cross-border hotlines. This is a sign of a thawing relationship. The pro-participant President Moon Jae-in of the South has only a few months left in his term.
But Kim blamed Seoul for its “ambitious” and “two-sided illogical” attitude.
He added that their “unrestricted and dangerous attempts to strengthen military forces are disrupting the military balance on the Korean peninsula and increasing military instability and danger.”
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The exhibition is part of commemorating the anniversary of the ruling Workers’ Party and includes aerobatics and martial arts performances.
Pyongyang closed its borders early last year to protect itself from the first coronavirus pandemic in neighboring China, which is its main diplomatic ally and a major provider of trade and aid.
North Korea insists that it has no cases of the disease-experts doubt this claim-but the self-imposed blockade has isolated it more effectively than any sanctions regime and has severely hit its economy.
In a lengthy speech celebrating the party’s anniversary, King referred to the “severe situation” and called for discipline and loyalty.
The UN expert panel said this month that despite economic difficulties, North Korea continues to develop weapons.