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North Korea says, its approach towards the US won’t change and will continue making nuclear weapons
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North Korea says, its approach towards the US won’t change and will continue making nuclear weapons

Nuclear Weapons: The supreme leader of North Korean Kim Jong Un threatened that his approach towards the United States won’t change and he would continue to expand his atomic power.

Kim Jong Un’s comments indicate that the U.S. – North Korea relations won’t change even after the inaugural ceremony of the US President-elect Joe Biden takes place, who has stated that he will adopt a more adverse approach toward Pyongyang.

The diplomatic and political relations between North Korea and the United States have been aggressive since the Korean War when the U.S. bombarded North Korea and President Harry Truman also thought about utilizing nuclear weapons. 

During a Workers’ Party meeting, Kim called the U.S. his nation’s greatest foe and rehashed his long-standing attestation that the U.S. should lift its antagonistic policy to set up better ties, the Korean Central News Agency reported.

Kim urged his nation to continue making atomic weapons. Moreover, he announced that North Korea ought to acquire new capacity, for example, strong fuel intercontinental ballistic rockets, hypersonic missiles, and tactile atomic weapons. 

North Korea has done six atomic tests in September 2017. However, more testing would be needed to create tactical atomic weapons. Tactical atomic weapons are more mobile and could be utilized in war rather than bigger vital atomic weapons that are intended to do mass destruction. 

A year ago, Kim stated that he no longer feels limited by his willful delay on atomic and long-range missile tests.

North Korea has frequently timed important nuclear tests, including weapons and atomic missiles, the U.S. presidential transitions to show its military abilities and perhaps gain hold in future discussions with Washington.

In October, North Korea utilized a military parade to reveal a gigantic new intercontinental ballistic projectile, which seems intended to overpower U.S. missile defense. Some speculate Pyongyang may test the missile or different weapons systems in the following months. However, this week, the top U.S. general in South Korea stated that there were no indications that North Korea was setting a significant incitement. 

A crucial weapons test would signify an early foreign policy challenge for Joe Biden, although Biden stated that his fundamental aim is to combat the Covid pandemic and improve the falling U.S. economy.

North Korea suspends all communications with South Korea
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North Korea suspends all communications with South Korea

North Korea, on 9 June, announced that it is severing hotline communication with South Korea. Subsequently, it will sever other ties with South Korea. The announcement was reported in the North Korean state news agency KCNA.

Earlier last week, North Korea had threatened to close the liaison office with South Korea and other collaborative projects. The action was taken after North Korea accused Seoul of sending leaflets and other objectionable materials to North Korea.

The KCNA report adds that top North Korean officials, including Kim Yo Jong, sister of supreme leader Kim Jong Un, are for actions against South Korea.

The action will mean North Korea will shut down communication with inter-Korean liaison offices and hotlines connecting the two countries. Hotlines connecting the two heads of nations will also be suspended.

According to a South Korean spokesperson, North Korea refrained from customary calls to liaison offices or in the two hotlines.

The two Koreas are engaged in routine calls every day, which are a way to manage essential means of communication.

The South Korean unification ministry, which is responsible for managing affairs with North Korea, said that it would continue to work towards agreed principle to maintain peace and prosperity in the Korean peninsula.
Yesterday, North Korean officials did not attend the morning call. However, they responded to the afternoon call.

The two sides had set up this arrangement in 2018 to diffuse tension. In the same year, leaders of both the Koreas had met thrice to initiate dialogue.

The channels of communication are critical to the peace process, which aims to persuade Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons program. International sanctions remain imposed against the regime in North Korea for its weapons program.

As per reports, influential Kim Yo Jong also wants to walk out of the military agreement signed with Seoul.

Analysts believe that the actions might be related to economic hardships caused by the sanctions rather than North Korean dissidents’ defection.

Relations with South Korea had deteriorated since last year when talks between US President Donald Trump and Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un failed to get any breakthrough in nuclear disarmament talks.

After the Korean war in 1950-53, the two Koreas, technically, remain in the war. Both sides ended the war by signing an armistice treaty rather than a peace treaty.

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