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North Korea to unveil ‘new strategic weapon in the near future’, says Kim Jong-un

02 January 2020

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has announced that his country no longer feels bound to its self-imposed moratorium on testing nuclear weapons and long-range ballistic missiles, adding that "the world will witness a new strategic weapon" set to be fielded by his country "in the near future".

In a speech given at the end of the fifth plenary meeting of the ruling Workers' Party's Central Committee, which was held from 28 to 31 December, Kim said that, despite North Korea not having conducted any such tests in over two years, Washington has imposed further sanctions against his country, conducted "tens of big and small joint military drills" and "threatened" North Korea militarily "through the shipment of ultra-modern warfare equipment into South Korea," according to a 1 January report by Pyongyang's state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

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