• N. Korean Leader Says Nuclear Weapons Will Guarantee National Security
Photo: Yonhap News
Photo: Yonhap News
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has said there will be no more war thanks to the country's nuclear weapons, which will permanently guarantee their national security.

The state-run Korean Central News Agency reported on Tuesday that Kim made the remark during a speech at a national conference of veterans held Monday to commemorate the 67th anniversary of the end of the Korean War.

He said the North should have a strong power to safeguard the fate of the country and people and "will never stop honing the most powerful national defense capacity that cannot be matched by anyone else."

Kim said fierce struggles with enemies have continued since the Korean War and that pressure from "imperialists" has also increased, apparently referring to the United States, adding that is the reason why the North had sought nuclear programs.

"We have become a country that can strongly and reliably protect ourselves against any type of high-intensity pressure and military threats," Kim said.

It marked the first time since 2015 that Kim delivered a speech at the conference of war veterans.

The event was held as negotiations between the North and the U.S. have remained stalled since a summit in February last year ended without a deal due to differences on denuclearization steps and corresponding concessions.

Since then, the regime has called for greater self-reliance in the face of U.S.-led sanctions.

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