North Korea should become the world’s most powerful nuclear power. DPRK President Kim Jong Un stated this in his address to the military and scientists. He also instructed the award of the technical personnel who participated in the launch of the Hwasong-17 intercontinental ballistic missile on November 18.
Kim identified the main task of the North Korean army
Kim Jong-un has high hopes for the Hwasong-17 test. The missile can reach the territory of the United States and reflect the “American nuclear threat” – Kim considers this the main task for the North Korean army. He called the Hwasong-17 the most potent strategic weapon in the world.
Kim Jong-un was at the test with his family
Kim Jong-un was at the ballistic missile test in person with his wife and 12-year-old daughter, whose name is not mentioned. This was the first public appearance of the daughter of the head of state. Since the power in the DPRK is inherited, experts expressed that in this way, Kim Jong-un demonstrated his possible successor.
The U.S. is worried about the security in the region
The United States called for a United Nations Security Council statement to hold North Korea accountable for its missile tests after Pyongyang’s launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the U.S. mainland.
The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, said it was vital the 15-member Security Council respond with one voice and reiterated U.S. charges that China and Russia were “emboldening” Pyongyang by blocking council action.
“These two members’ blatant obstructionism puts the Northeast Asian region, and the entire world, at risk,” she told a Council meeting Washington called to discuss Friday’s test.
On November 21, the United States demanded the convening of the U.N. Security Council to discuss North Korean nuclear tests. Deputy Chairman of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of North Korea Kim Yong-jong, Kim Jong-un’s sister, accused the U.N. Security Council of provocation and “double standards.”
Russia’s deputy U.N. ambassador, Anna Evstigneeva, accused Washington of trying to force North Korea into unilateral disarmament through sanctions and force and blamed the missile tests on military drills by the United States and its allies.