Kim Jong-un makes his intentions with the US clear, pushing nuclear developments drastically ahead

Updated: Jan 15, 2021

North Korea highlighting its drive for regional security

A standard march and military parade that the North Korean nation has become synonymous for as Kim Jong-un prepares to address his loyal public

The North Korean Leader has clarified that the current situation would not be shifted despite who may be in charge of the White House, due to Washington’s consistently hostile policy development. Kim Jong-un clarifying that, “our foreign political activities should be focused and redirected on subduing the U.S, our biggest enemy and main obstacle to our innovative development.’’ With no counter statements released by the US as a Biden representative had refused to offer a reply. The two leaders both shared a previous war of words with Kim being called a ‘thug’ by Biden, and Kim in 2019, referring to Biden as a “rabid dog” that had to be “beaten to death with a stick.’’ Biden clarified that in October he would only agree to resolutions with North Korea and meet Kim if there was an official reduction in the nation’s nuclear capacity.

Analysts have taken note of the North Korean leader's bold statement as a clever strategy to enforce pressure to respond for the new US administration, with Biden set to take office on January 20th. With Kim holding a groundbreaking 8th congress in the nation's history as he speaks to the Workers’ Party with Kim implying that North Korea’s capital Pyongyang highlighted that he did not intend to utilize nuclear weapons unless faced with “hostile forces’’ directed towards North Korea first. Reports identifying that Kim’s five year economic plan had failed to meet most of its sector targets as trade with China plummeted by more than 80% with the nation constrained by various international sanctions. Analysis from the Korean Central News Agency identified that Kim’s main approach involves a,’’key to establishing new relations between North Korea and the United States is whether the United States withdraws its hostile policy, from North Korea.’’ This reflected during Kim’s initial diplomatic talks with the US and its outgoing leader Donald Trump with his intents focused on fruitful negotiations and lowering nuclear expansionism in exchange for economic and political advantages. Though little recognizable progress has been made since the infamous February 2019 meeting in Hanoi ending in argument over newly imposed sanctions by the US, the new leadership in Washington set to return relations to a more orthodox standard with a focus on extensive working level talks set to take shape.

North Korea currently faces various economic fragility due to the restrictions placed on its rampant nuclear project as well as self developed conservative strategies due to the corona virus pandemic’s outbreak from mainland China. The North Korean leader expressed his disappointment with South Korea’s capital, Seoul focusing its economic outfit in what he considers as “non fundamental’’ focus areas such as corona virus as well as tourism, thus stressing that the South should no longer accept and receive arms and military practices with the US.

Kim Jong-un clarifying that North Korea must ensure its security and focus on developing its attack capacity over an estimated distance of 15,000 km of Korea’s striking distance which covertly refers to the geographic region of North America, supposedly the US with attention to developing technology that allows for the use of smaller and lighter warheads that can be added to long range missiles.

Though decision makers from the Biden team have presented the unlikeliness of a proper meeting being arranged between the two nations unless a denuclearisation process was initiated by North Korea as well as a predicted stricter approach towards Pyongyang likely to take place as suggested by Biden advisers.

Trump discussions in what was then a surface level peace agreement

Possible change in approach : A likely possibility for the US next administration

Congress ends with Kim taking a ceremonial role as Secretary General and a note that the US wants a fresh policy,Citing the rationale used by the North to advance its nuclear weapons program, Kim described the US as the "biggest enemy" of his country. Progress on denuclearization, he said, would focus entirely on an end to US hostility. “Our foreign political activities should be focused and redirected on subduing the US, our biggest enemy and main obstacle to our innovative development,” Kim said, according to the official KCNA news agency. It does not augur well for Biden's time as vice president. Barack Obama was accused of failing to give the attention he deserved to North Korea's nuclear and missile development. Kurt Campbell, Obama's top US envoy for East Asia and considered a candidate for Biden's top Asian policy position last month, said the new US administration will have to make an early decision about what path to North Korea it would take and not replicate the Obama era's delay.

Military Officials showcasing some of their military machinery to Kim Jong-un for approval

"No matter who is in power in the U.S., the true nature of the U.S. and its fundamental policies towards North Korea never change," Kim said, vowing to broaden relations with "anti-imperialist, independent forces." North Korea would not "misuse" its nuclear weapons, Kim said but the country is expanding its nuclear arsenal, including "preemptive" and "retaliatory" strike capabilities and warheads of varying sizes. Kim called for developing equipment including hyper sonic weapons, solid-fuel intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), spy satellites, and drones. Kim consistently dismissed the administration's demand for "complete, verifiable and irreversible" denuclearization, considering Kim's bonhomie with Trump.

The Biden Administration could potentially build a better relationship and talking point with North Korea due to Biden’s more diplomatic leadership style.

Biden has said in debates that he would be willing to meet with Kim, but only if it was clear the North Korean leader was “drawing down his nuclear capacity.”

- Richardt Schoonraad and Srijita Chakrabarti

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