Presiding over a massive military parade in the nation’s capital, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said that his country was “fully ready” to defend itself against any U.S. threat.
“Our party can confidently state that our revolutionary armament today can deal with any kind of war U.S. imperialists ask for, and we are fully ready to persistently defend the country’s blue sky and the well-being of the people,” he told the gathered crowds in Pyongyang, the capital city of North Korea .
The parade, designed to boast North Korea’s military power, is held annually on the 10th of October to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Workers’ Party. The Workers’ Party of Korea–-capitalizing on post-war anarchy and drawing from Soviet-communist roots in the North–seized control after World War II, following the end of Japanese occupation in Korea.
China’s official Xinhua News Agency reported that Liu, the only foreign leader attending the celebration, told Kim that China was willing to work with North Korea for a quick resumption of six-party (US, South Korea, Russia, Japan, China) nuclear talks . The talks, which aim to end the North’s nuclear program, flatlined seven years ago, resulting in sanctions against North Korea’s already devastated economy.
As a state with a military-first policy, the North Korean government has put huge emphasis on developing nuclear weapons and ballistic missile technology, ignoring the lacking economy of the country and leaving countless of its citizens struggling.
However, this is not the first time Kim Jung Un has asserted North Korea’s dominion before countries of the West. The North Korean government frequently blackmails capitalist countries, mainly targeting the United States. In the past, it has claimed possession of nuclear weaponry, but these claims were mostly disregarded by both the government and pundits.
by Justin Wong ’18