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North Korea's Kim says country ready to mobilise nuclear war deterrent

North Korea's Kim says country ready to mobilise nuclear war deterrent

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un addresses a special workshop for officials in the party life guidance sections of organisational departments of party committees at all levels of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) in Pyongyang, North Korea, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) July 7, 2022. KCNA via REUTERS

SEOUL: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said his country is ready to mobilise its nuclear war deterrent and for any military clash with the United States, state media reported on Thursday (Jul 28), amid signs the North could conduct its first nuclear test since 2017.

Kim made the remarks during a speech at an event to mark the 69th anniversary of the Jul 27 Korean War armistice, which left the two Koreas technically still at war, according to the official KCNA news agency.

Kim also denounced South Korea's Yoon Suk-yeol administration, saying any attempts to preemptively incapacitate the North would be met with a stern response and "annihilation".

"I once again make it clear that North Korea is fully ready for any military confrontation with the United States," Kim said.

North Korea in recent months has tested hypersonic missiles and missiles that it says could carry tactical nuclear weapons, narrowing the time that Seoul would have to respond to a pending attack.

Source: Reuters/lk
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