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UPDATE 1-N.Korea's Kim says country ready to mobilise nuclear war deterrent

UPDATE 1-N.Korea's Kim says country ready to mobilise nuclear war deterrent

Reuters · 07/27/2022 19:46
UPDATE 1-N.Korea's Kim says country ready to mobilise war deterrent

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By Soo-hyang Choi

- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said his country is ready to ready to mobilise its war deterrent and for any military clash with the United States, state media reported on Thursday, amid signs the North could conduct its first test since 2017.

Kim made the remarks during a speech at an event to mark the 69th anniversary of the July 27 Korean War armistice, which left the two Koreas technically still at war, according to the official KCNA agency.

Kim also denounced South Korea's Yoon Suk-yeol administration, saying any attempts to preemptively incapacitate the North would be met with a stern response and "annihilation".

"I once again make it clear that North Korea is fully ready for any military confrontation with the United States," Kim said.

North Korea in recent months has tested hypersonic missiles and missiles that it says could carry tactical weapons, the time that Seoul would have to respond to a pending attack.


(Reporting by Soo-hyang Choi; Editing by Richard Pullin)

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