The North Korean leader vows to “strengthen” his country’s nuclear capabilities

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un pledged, in a speech while participating in a military parade in Pyongyang, to work to “strengthen and develop” nuclear weapons in his country, said the media state.

“We will continue at the fastest pace to take measures to improve and develop our country’s nuclear capabilities,” Kim said, according to a report released by the official Korean Central News Agency.

The agency noted that Kim delivered her speech on Monday at the end of a military parade in occasion of the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Korean People’s Revolutionary Army in Kim Il Sung square in Pyongyang.

North Korea is subject to severe US and UN sanctions for its nuclear weapons program and so far diplomatic negotiations with Kim have not convinced him to end his nuclear program. He was suspended from a failed meeting between him and then US President Donald Trump in 2019.

US and South Korean officials and analysts believe Pyongyang may soon take back its own test on nuclear weapons, which were discontinued in 2017.

Satellite images showed signs of activity in a tunnel at the Punggye-ri site that North Korea claims was destroyed in 2018, before the latest summit between Trump and the North Korean leader.

On Monday, Kim presided over a huge military parade, during which missile models were exhibited. Kim said on Monday that the country’s nuclear weapons are a “symbol of national strength” and should be diversified.

“In preparation for the turbulent political and military situation and all kinds of crises futurewe will strengthen our nuclear strength as quickly as possible, “he added.

The North Korean leader added that although the main role of nuclear weapons in his country is deterrence, they can be deployed if North Korea’s “essential interests” are attacked. But analysts pointed out that there are holes in Pyongyang’s narrative.