DPRK Is A Responsible Nuclear Weapons State — Kim Jong Un

The leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has described his country as a responsible nuclear weapons state, saying it will strive for world denuclearization and faithfully fulfill obligations of nuclear non-proliferation.

People watch television news report delivered by North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un on Sunday
People watch television news report delivered by North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un on Sunday

Kim Jong Un said this at the 7th party congress where he was delivering work report of the central committee of the ruling party. His speech was aired by the State TV.

“As a responsible nuclear weapons state, our Republic will not use a nuclear weapon unless its sovereignty is encroached upon by any aggressive hostile forces with nukes, as it had already declared, and it will faithfully fulfill its obligation for non-proliferation and strive for the global denuclearization,” Kim said.

“The WPK and the DPRK government will improve and normalize the relations with those countries which respect the sovereignty of the DPRK and are friendly towards it, though they had been hostile toward it in the past.”

Kim started the three-hour speech by reviewing and lauding the past achievements of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) accomplished under the leadership of two late leaders, Kim II Sung and Kim Jong II, in building a thriving country and in the development of the military.

“At a time when the socialist cause was advancing victoriously along the orbit of Juche under the rapidly changing situation and a bright prospect was opening up for national reunification, our party and people suffered the greatest sudden loss to the nation, the demise of President Kim II Sung whom they trusted and followed like Heaven. It was a bolt from the blue,” Kim Jong Un said.

He added, “After the greatest loss to the nation, the imperialists and their followers have reached the height in their political and military pressure, moves for provoking a war and economic blockade. To cap it all, the country was hit by severe natural disasters, bringing untold hardships and trial to the economic construction and people’s living.”

In the speech, Kim mapped out a five-year plan for national economic development from 2016 to 2020, and emphasized that it was imperative to fully implement the five-year strategy for growing the national economy. He laid out tasks for the ruling party in terms of completing the socialist undertakings, improving people’s livelihood, independent reunification of the Korean Peninsula as well as further strengthening of the party.

“As required by the prevailing situation and the developing revolution, the WPK advanced the strategic line of simultaneously pushing forward the economic construction and the building of nuclear force and worked hard for its implementation,” He said.

“Thanks to the dynamic struggle waged by the army and people of the DPRK to carry out the strategic line of the party, a sure guarantee was provided for finally concluding the confrontation with the imperialists and the U.S. and accelerating the final victory of our cause.”

Kim said that his party and people dynamically waged the drive to implement the strategic line of socialist economic construction to lay firm material and technical foundations of self-supporting national economy and provide a springboard from which to build an economic giant.

“The entire party and all the people have achieved the single-minded unity of the whole society in which they are united closely around the leader in thinking and purpose and sense of moral obligation. This is the great success and feat achieved by our party during the period under review,” He said, adding, “the WPK has trained the young people as successors to the revolution who carry forward the blood line of Juche, thus building the youth power without an equal in the world.”