December 05, 2023

Expressing some regret, Kim Jong Un calls for ICBM capabilities in 2017

Kim also emphasizes problems in South Korea's political scene, promotes economic policy

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said his country would continue developing long-range nuclear strike capabilities in 2017, while apologizing for failing to achieve certain goals in 2016, a video recording of his New Year's Day speech showed on Sunday.

Pyongyang will reach the final preparation stages for test-firing an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), Kim said, notable because North Korea has historically suggested its long-range rocket launches are intended solely for satellite launch purposes.