He said he ordered officials to develop missiles with multiple warheads, water-launched nuclear missiles, spy satellites and nuclear-powered submarines.
“Kim wants to show that North Korea will not denuclearize, under any circumstances,” Malcolm Davis, senior analyst at the Australian Institute of Strategic Policy, told nine.com.au.
Dr. Davis said Kim’s comments during the congress were part of an ongoing nuclear muscle flexing campaign by North Korea.
“His speech continues from the massive Hwasong-16 ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missile) unveiled at the 75th anniversary celebrations last October, which showed that North Korea was determined to maintain its nuclear weapons,” he said.
“Developing a ballistic nuclear submarine, or SSBN, is very ambitious. It took the United States about 10 years to build one. Even if they built one, it could be detected, tracked and destroyed when it leaves port in any conflict.”
“But road mobile rocket-powered nuclear missile launchers are probably more realistic. They can carry multiple warheads and are more difficult to detect.”
Dr. Davis said that Biden, who has described Kim as a “bully,” will follow a different course.
“It will try to reduce conditions on the Korean peninsula without giving ground to Kim.”
Dr. Davis said the new Biden administration would likely seek to rebuild ties with regional allies such as South Korea and Japan.
“They could strengthen the United States’ extended nuclear deterrent security guarantees to both Seoul and Tokyo,” he said.
“Such a step would enhance the confidence of America’s allies in Washington’s commitment to meeting the challenge posed by North Korea’s nuclear arsenal.”
In his speech to the thousands of delegates in the Workers’ Party Congress, Kim described the United States as his country’s “greatest enemy” but also added that he does not “rule out diplomacy.”
But North Korea has always demanded that the United States end joint military exercises with Seoul, lift sanctions and stop criticism of human rights ahead of the talks.
Even then, should the talks resume, Kim’s price is high for any deal because he has signaled Cold War-style gun control talks in which both sides take mutual and reciprocal action.
Dr. Davis said the world should look forward to a new period of tension between Washington and Pyongyang.
“North Korea recognizes that the window for diplomatic engagement with the United States is closing,” he said.
“Economic sanctions will remain in force, there will be no peace treaty or withdrawal of US forces, and all that Kim will have left will be his nuclear baton.”
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