Kim Jong Un vows to be ready for confrontation with the US

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un promised to be ready for the confrontation with the United States. Kim Jong Un stated that he is likely t...

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  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un promised to be ready for the confrontation with the United States.
  • Kim Jong Un stated that he is likely to try to strengthen his nuclear arsenal.
  • However, he mentioned that they would also prepare for dialogue.

Kim Jong Un ordered the North Korean government to prepare for both dialogue and confrontation with USA. Although more for the latter, state media reported on Friday, days after Washinqton and others urged Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear program and return to negotiations.

Kim Jong Un’s statement indicates that he is likely to try to beef up his nuclear arsenal and increase pressure on the United States to give in to what the North sees as a hostile policy, though he will also prepare to resume contact, according to some experts.

Kim Jong Un doesn’t let his guard down

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During an ongoing meeting of the ruling Workers’ Party, Kim Jong Un on Thursday analyzed in detail the political trends in the United States under the presidency of Joe Biden and clarified the unspecified steps to be taken in the relationship with Washington, the Central Agency reported. Korea News, cited by AP.

Kim Jong Un “stressed the need to be prepared for both dialogue and confrontation, especially to fully prepare for confrontation in order to protect the dignity of our state and its interests for independent development, and to reliably guarantee the peaceful environment and the security of our state ”.

Biden would seek to improve relationship with Kim Jong Un

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In 2018 and 2019, Kim held a series of summits with then-US President Donald Trump to address advances in his nuclear arsenal. But the negotiations collapsed when Trump rejected Kim Jong Un’s request for significant sanctions relief in exchange for a partial surrender of his nuclear capability.

The Biden administration has worked to formulate a new approach to the North Korean nuclear program that it describes as “calibrated and practical.” The details of his policy for the secretive nation have not yet been made public, but US officials have suggested that Biden could seek a middle ground between Trump’s direct contacts and Barack Obama’s “strategic patience.”

They call for complete denuclearization

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Earlier in the week, G7 leaders called in a statement for the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and “the verifiable and irreversible abandonment” of the North’s nuclear and missile programs. In addition, they asked Pyongyang to initiate and resume the dialogue.

Sung Kim, the top US official for North Korea, will visit Seoul on Saturday for a trilateral meeting with South Korean and Japanese officials, the AP news agency said.

The threat of Kim Jong Un and his nuclear arsenal

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According to the aforementioned news agency, Sung Kim’s trip underscores the importance of the cooperation of the three sides in working towards the total denuclearization of the peninsula, the State Department said.

On the other hand, according to the AP report, Kim Jong Un has recently threatened to expand his nuclear arsenal and build high-tech weapons aimed at the US mainland if Washington refuses to abandon its hostile policy towards his country.

Kim Jong-Un loses weight and sparks speculation about his health

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Combination of images provided by the North Korean government show Kim Jong Un at meetings of the Workers’ Party in Pyongyang on February 8, 2021, left, and June 15, 2021, right. Photo: AP

The AP agency also reported days ago on the health of Kim Jong Un, who has long been a source of morbid fascination in rival South Korea, who lives alongside the shadow of the 1.2 million-strong North Korean army and its growing arsenal of nuclear missiles.

Have you gained weight? Having trouble breathing after relatively short walks? What about that cane? Why did you miss that important state anniversary? Those are some of the questions that have arisen about the North Korean leader.

Speculations for his health

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Now, speculation in South Korea surrounding leader Kim Jong-Un, 37-year-olds are due to his visibly slimmer appearance, the AP news agency reported Wednesday when discussing his physical appearance.

Kim Jong-Un’s health is relevant to Seoul, Washington, Tokyo and other world capitals because he has not publicly named the successor who, if incapacitated, would be left in charge of a growing nuclear program targeting the United States. and its allies.

His face looks thinner

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North Korea, always secretive to the inner workings of its ruling leadership, has retreated even further in the past year to protect itself against the coronavirus pandemic that has affected the entire world.

In the latest images from state media, including those released on Wednesday, Kim Jong-Un appeared to have lost a large amount of weight. The strap of his luxurious watch is tighter and his face looks thinner.

I could have lost 20 kilos

Some observers point out that Kim, who is about 170 centimeters (5 feet 8 inches) tall and previously weighed around 140 kilograms (308 pounds), may have lost between 10 and 20 kilograms (22 to 44 pounds).

His apparent weight loss is more likely an attempt to improve his health than a sign of illness, according to Hong Min, a senior analyst at the Korean National Unification Institute in Seoul.

History of heart problems

“If he had health problems, he would not have gone out in public to meet with the plenary session of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party,” a major political conference this week that is expected to last two or three days, Hong said.

Kim Jong-Un, known for his heavy alcohol and tobacco use, comes from a family with a history of heart problems. His father and grandfather, who ruled North Korea before him, died of heart problems. Experts have pointed out that your weight could increase your chances of cardiovascular disease.

Still no replacement

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The South Korean Unification Ministry had no information to share about Kim’s health. His slimmer appearance has sparked a lot of interest in South Korea, where the media are comparing photos of the president’s past and current public appearances.

Seo Yu-Seok of the Seoul-based Institute of North Korean Studies noted that the recent creation of a first secretariat of the Workers’ Party, which would be second by category in the government, could be related to potential health problems. from Kim. The North Korean leader could have allowed the post to be created following requests from senior officials, although he has yet to appoint anyone to the post because it could undermine his position of power.

Would the sister be the successor?

“If Kim has a real health problem and is in a state where he cannot express his opinions, even though he has not died, who will make the decision to appoint the first secretary?” Said Seo.

Last year, when speculation about Kim Jong Un’s health soared after he missed his late grandfather’s birthday commemoration, some analysts speculated that Kim’s younger sister, Kim Yo Jong, was next. in the line of succession to inherit his brother’s power. Others pointed out that it was also possible for a collective government to be formed.

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