North Korea has been continuing to expand their nuclear weapons as the government accuses the United States of double standards over military activities and pursuing a hostile policy.
The Yongbyon Nuclear Research Facility is under renovation, according to satellite images. This is a sign that Kim Jong-un is preparing for an increase in production.
It is believed that the 5-megawatt reactor, which can increase North Korea’s nuclear materials by 25%, had been inactive since 2018.
This news comes as South Korea and North Korea test-fired missiles on September 15. It’s the latest step in an arms race where both countries have been creating more sophisticated weapons.
However, the US has condemned the North Korean test as a threat to neighbouring countries but did not mention Seoul’s test of a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM).
In an article published by the official KCNA news agency, International Affairs Analyst Kim Myong Chol said the United States had “stirred up a terrific furore” by presenting North Korea’s actions as “threats to international peace and security”.
Chol said: “Terming them armed provocations timed to a certain occasion and aiming at a specific target, it faulted those measures which belong to our right to self-defence.
“This arrogant and self-righteous response is a vivid revelation of the American-style double-dealing attitude.
“Today its high-handed practices have gone beyond the limit.”
He also put blame on Washington for the stand-off preventing the restart of talks aimed at dismantling North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile arsenals in return for sanctions relief.
He added: “Even though there are contacts and dialogues, it is certain that U.S. will raise the double-dealing yardstick to which it would refer to its acts for self-defence threat’s to the world peace or its allies.
“Unless the U.S. vouches for the withdrawal of its hostile policy toward the DPRK, the word denuclearisation can never be put on the table.”
His comments were in line with a statement on Wednesday by Kim Yo Jong, the powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, who lashed out at South Korea for criticising the North’s “routine defensive measures” while developing its own missiles.
North Korea has been steadily building its weapons systems, increasing the stakes for negotiations between Kim Jong Un (ex-US President Donald Trump) in 2018. These negotiations have been stalled since 2019.
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