January 20, 2022

North Korea Says U.S. Hostility Has Reached 'Danger Line,' Can No Longer Be Ignored

Featuring Dr. Duyeon Kim

Source: Newsweek

Journalist Heather Bair

North Korea leader Kim Jong Un accused the United States of hostility and threats, which he used as a reason to resume testing of nuclear explosives and intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM).

During a Politburo meeting of the ruling Workers' Party Thursday, Kim said American hostility reached a "danger line" that can no longer be ignored. The officials of the Workers' Party called for practical measures to "more reliably and effectively increase our physical strength for defending dignity, sovereign rights and interests of our states," according to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), per an Associated Press report.

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"Pyongyang is squarely focused on meeting its nuclear weapons milestones because of its military imperative to do so," said Duyeon Kim, an analyst at Washington's Center for a New American Security, told the AP. "This means more tests to come. The pandemic has bought Pyongyang ample time to continue developing nuclear weapons because North Korea closed its borders and has been refusing direct talks, afraid of importing the virus."

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Authors

  • Dr. Duyeon Kim

    Adjunct Senior Fellow, Indo-Pacific Security Program

    Duyeon Kim, PhD, is an adjunct senior fellow with the Indo-Pacific Security Program at CNAS. Her expertise includes the two Koreas, nuclear nonproliferation, arms control, Eas...