A man walks past a television report showing a news broadcast with file footage of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un
In Photos: Kim Jong Un Oversees As North Korea Test Fires New ICBM Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP via Getty Images

Kim Jong-Un has once again warned of North Korea’s possible use of nuclear weapons should threats to the country continue. During a military parade in Pyongyang last week, the supreme leader praised his top army officials for the grand military display, as he firmly expressed his will to carry on with his intents to further develop a nuclear-armed military.

According to ABC News, Kim stood his ground saying his military aims to preemptively contain any and all attempts and threats from hostile forces against North Korea. The leader called on all his military officials as he praised them for the massive military parade that showcased the country’s most powerful nuclear weapons in its arsenal. These included intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) that are said to have the capability to reach United States.

Among its other weapons that were showcased were a variety of short-range missiles designed to be launched from submarines or mounted on land vehicles. These missiles have proven to be a growing threat both to South Korea and Japan in the recent months.

Kim, who sits as the general secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea met with his commanding officers as the country marked the 90th founding anniversary of the Korean People’s Revolutionary Army. The striking demonstration of the country’s military strength and technological superiority earned the army commanding officers much gratitude and trust from the supreme leader as he warmly shook hands and offered a salute for the magnificent parade.

This was Kim’s move aimed at forcing the United States and its Western allies to remove its economic sanctions and accept the fact that North Korea is a significant nuclear power amongst them. Kim vowed to develop his nuclear arsenal in the “fastest possible speed” threatening to use them without hesitance should they be provoked.

He carried on with his speech suggesting his plans of running more weapons tests to build up more pressure on the US, South Korea and Japan. The leader defined his use of nuclear force as a means to protect his country’s fundamental interests.

While the country has conducted 13 rounds of weapons testing this year, Kim seems to be taking advantage of the UN Security Council’s apparent divided stand over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Reports and satellite imagery have come in showing evident signs that Kim has been rebuilding tunnels at a nuclear testing ground. This has lead analysts to to speculate that a new test run could take place sometime between the inauguration of South Korean President-elect Suk Yeol on May 10 and on May 12. At this time, the newly elected South Korean leader is scheduled for a summit with US President Joe Biden.

Mounting concerns on the inauguration have been traveling the grapevine as South Korea is deemed to be ushering in a new conservative government that could possibly create a hard line on Pyongyang compared to outgoing President Moon Jae-in’s liberal stand.

Television screen shows a news broadcast with file footage of a North Korean missile test
People watch a television screen showing a news broadcast with file footage of a North Korean missile test, at a railway station in Seoul on February 27, 2022, after North Korea fired an "unidentified projectile" according to the South's military. Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP via Getty Images

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