Korea, Kim Jong-un warns: “War can break out at any moment”

For the North Korean leader there is “an uncontrollable and persistent crisis situation” on the peninsula

War on the Korean Peninsula could ‘erupt at any moment’. Thus North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in a long speech at the end of the five days of year-end party meetings which set his country’s military, political and economic policy decisions for 2024.

According to the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), plans were announced at the meeting for further military development in the coming year, including the launch of three more spy satellites, the construction of unmanned drones and the development of electronic warfare, as well as the strengthening of nuclear and missile forces,

During the summit, which ended Saturday, Kim accused the United States of posing “various types of military threats” and he ordered his armed forces to strengthen the military arsenal for “an overwhelming ability to respond to war”. It is a “fait accompli that a war may break out at any time on the Korean Peninsula due to the enemies’ reckless moves to invade us,” Kim said.

We must respond quickly to a possible nuclear crisis and continue to accelerate preparations to pacify the entire territory of South Korea by mobilizing all means and physical forces, including nuclear force, in case of emergency,” Kim said.

Pyongyang this year successfully launched a reconnaissance satellite, enshrined its status as a nuclear power in its constitution and tested the most advanced intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in its arsenal. In an effort to deter Pyongyang, Washington earlier this month deployed a nuclear-powered submarine to the South Korean port city of Busan and flew its long-range bombers in exercises with Seoul and Tokyo.

During the meeting, Kim said he would no longer seek reconciliation and reunification with South Korea, underscoring the “lingering uncontrollable crisis situation” that he said was triggered by Seoul and Washington. “I believe it is a mistake that we should no longer make to consider the people who declare us as the ‘main enemy’ as someone with whom we can seek reconciliation and unification,” the dictator said.