Most isolated country celebrates its leader

North Korea officials have lauded Kim Jong Un as a “peerless patriot and a great defender of peace”

On April 11, North Korea celebrates 10 years of Kim Jong Un’s rule, as the nation commemorates their leader’s political achievements and his development of nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles.

In a speech at a national meeting on Sunday, North Korea’s First Vice President of the State Affairs Commission and Chairman of the Standing Committee of the Supreme People’s Assembly, Choe Ryong-hae, praised Kim Jong Un as a “gifted thinker and theoretician, outstanding statesman and peerlessly great commander.”

Choe continued to state that Kim was a “peerless patriot and a great defender of peace”,His achievements in North Korea “a full-fledged military power equipped with all powerful physical means of self-defense,”He also said that he was open to new ideas “a new era for North Korea”A self-reliant and prosperous individual “powerful socialist nation.”

Kim Jong Un was proclaimed the North Korean supreme commander, and also the party’s top and most powerful leader, on April 11, 2012 after Kim Jong Il died in December 2011. North Korea’s one-and only party, the Kim dynasty, has ruled since 1948 when it was founded.

Celebrations of Kim Jong Un’s rule is set to last the whole week starting Monday, and will also include the 110-year anniversary of the birth of his grandfather Kim Il-Sung – the nation’s founder and first leader.

Commercial satellite imagery suggests that North Korea might be planning a military parade in honor of the occasion. According to reports, troops had been practicing for it. Some experts also believe that the parade could include a display of North Korea’s notorious intercontinental ballistic missiles. 

During his rule, Kim Jong Un has significantly improved Pyongyong’s military prowess, and is believed to have boosted the nation’s nuclear program and the development of advanced ballistic missile technology. 

North Korea under Kim has carried out four of six nuclear test and has apparently achieved fission- and fusion capability. The country’s long-range weapon systems include ground, rail and sea-based platforms. They are capable of reaching as far as the US. North Korea’s first full-scale ICBM launch was conducted last month. This put Washington, Seoul and Tokyo on alert.

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People watch a TV screen showing a news program reporting about North Korea's ICBM test at a train station in Seoul. © AP / Lee Jin-man
North Korea declares nuclear red line

North Korea said last week that it does not support war and will still use its nuclear weapons in the event of South Korea’s attack. South Korea recently increased military force displays.

Pyongyang is currently in the process of demolishing several multi-million-dollar South Korean-owned resort facilities on its territory, which were built between the 1990’s and early 2000’s to accommodate tourism between the two nations. However, in 2019, Kim Jong Un called the South Korean facilities “shabby” and ordered them destroyed after Seoul refused to defy US-led sanctions that put the tours on halt.

South Korea’s President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol has called for closer collaboration between Seoul and Washington to establish stronger deterrence against the threats posed by Pyongyang. Both nations will be holding joint military drills over the next week. They are likely to last for 10 days.

Meanwhile, Japan stated on Monday that it will pursue the normalization of bilateral relations with North Korea and has urged Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear and missile programs, saying it will “Work with the international community and, mainly, the US in order to fully denuclearize North Korea.



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