Kim Jong-un: North Korea Needs Naval Forces, We Are in Danger of Nuclear War

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has recently sounded the alarm over the escalating military activity around the Korean peninsula

by Faruk Imamovic
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Kim Jong-un: North Korea Needs Naval Forces, We Are in Danger of Nuclear War
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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has recently sounded the alarm over the escalating military activity around the Korean peninsula. In a striking Navy Day speech, he warned that the United States and its allies have transformed the waters near the Korean Peninsula into "the world’s most volatile hotspots, teetering on the brink of nuclear conflict."

Tensions Simmer After Tri-nation Summit

The statement comes in the wake of the August 18th summit held at Camp David, Maryland.

Leaders from the US, Japan, and South Korea convened there, showcasing a united front against both China’s rising influence and North Korea’s nuclear ambitions. According to North Korea's state media, KCNA, Kim Jong-un remarked on the summit, stating that the "gang bosses" of the three nations had declared regular joint military drills.

In the broader context, this tri-nation alignment seeks to enhance military and economic cooperation. Their unified stance aims to check China’s growing prowess and to counteract the constant nuclear threats emanating from North Korea.

Kim was cited by KCNA as remarking, "Owing to the reckless confrontational moves of the U.S. and other hostile forces, the waters off the Korean Peninsula have been reduced into the world’s biggest war hardware concentration spot."

Pyongyang's Pursuit of Naval Dominance

As tensions continue to mount, Kim has emphasized the imperative of having a robust navy.

He underscored the need for "permanent combat readiness" and pressed for a "radical" overhaul of North Korea's armaments and gear. His vision for the navy is clear: to stand ever-vigilant and ready for potential conflict. To underscore the pressing nature of these developments, one only needs to look at the military exercises initiated by the US and South Korea just last week.

Aimed at bolstering their combined response to the North's nuclear and missile threats, these exercises were denounced by Pyongyang as mere rehearsals for an impending war. In his concluding remarks, Kim Jong-un delineated the future role of the naval forces, emphasizing that they would play a crucial part in the "state nuclear deterrence executing the strategic duty."

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