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  • N. Korean Leader Pledges To Upgrade Nuclear Arsenal

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (center) and high ranking Workers' Party officials visit the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun in Pyongyang on Jan. 12, 2021, in this photo released by the North's official Korean Central News Agency. (Photo provided by Yonhap News)
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (center) and high ranking Workers' Party officials visit the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun in Pyongyang on Jan. 12, 2021, in this photo released by the North's official Korean Central News Agency. (Photo provided by Yonhap News)
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un says his country will strengthen its nuclear arsenal.

The North's state-run Korean Central News Agency reported Wednesday that Kim made the vow in his closing address for the eighth congress of the ruling Workers' Party.

He was quoted as saying, "While strengthening our nuclear war deterrent, we need to do everything in order to build the most powerful military," adding that they must be "thoroughly prepared to play their role against any form of threats or unexpected situations."

According to the report, Kim also described the United States as their "foremost principal enemy."

The strong language comes as U.S. President-elect Joe Biden is set to be inaugurated next week, and experts says it apparently aims to put pressure on the incoming administration.

Biden previously characterized Kim as a "thug" while the North has called Biden a "rabid dog" that should be beaten with a stick.

Meanwhile, the regime leader's younger sister, Kim Yo-jong, slammed South Korea for announcing that it had detected signs of a North Korean military parade Sunday night.

She said Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff are idiots and "top the world's list in misbehavior."

The younger Kim said they are only holding a military parade, "not military exercises targeting anybody," and called the South's remarks "senseless" and a demonstration of a "hostile attitude."

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