North Korea’s leader says the nation is nearing equal footing with the U.S. militarily

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American leaders “dare not talk” about military options for dealing with North Korea, according to dictator Kim Jong Un, who said his country is close to achieving military “equilibrium” with the United States, in comments made Saturday.

On Friday, the rogue nation fired another missile over Japan for the second time this week. The first was was fired on Thursday evening.  The latest missile was shot directly over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido.

The United Nations Security Council strongly condemned the launches as “highly provocative.” They hit North Korea with new sanctions, unanimously adopting a US-drafted resolution on Monday.

The sanctions were in response to North Korea’s claim to have successfully tested a hydrogen bomb, which reportedly triggered a magnitude 6.3 earthquake in the country, on September 3.

The Council accused North Korea of undermining regional peace and security and said its nuclear and missile tests “have caused grave security concerns around the world,” threatening all 193 U.N. member states.

North Korea responded to the approval of additional sanctions by the U.N., threatening to “sink” Japan and reduce the U.S. mainland into “ash and darkness,” according to the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

Reportedly, Kim said their final goal “is to establish the equilibrium of real force with the U.S. and make the U.S. rulers dare not talk about military options for the [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea],” referring to North Korea’s official name.

According to KCNA, Kim indicated more missile tests would occur, and that all future drills should be “meaningful and practical ones for increasing the combat power of the nuclear force.” The tests will serve to establish an order in the deployment of nuclear warheads for “actual war.”

“We should clearly show the big-power chauvinists how our state attains the goal of completing its nuclear force, despite their limitless sanctions and blockade,” Kim reportedly said to the KCNA.

During Friday’s launch of a Hwasong-12 ballistic missile, Kim reportedly watched as it traveled 2,300 miles over the Japanese island of Hokkaido before landing harmlessly in the northern Pacific Ocean.

It was the country’s longest-ever test flight of a ballistic missile.

A commentary published in the Rodong Sinmun newspaper on Friday said, “No matter how strong the pressure is, it doesn’t work on us.”

Speaking after the missile was launched, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called the North’s actions “totally unacceptable,” saying that they went against “the international community’s strong, united will for a peaceful solution.”

Japan’s U.N. Ambassador Koro Bessho called the missile launch an “outrageous act.” Bessho said it is not only a threat to Japan’s security, but a threat to the whole world.

The KCNA said Kim was satisfied with the launch and feels its success demonstrates the “combat efficiency and reliability” of the missile, while confirming the success of the nation’s efforts to increase its power.

According to Fox News:

‘While the English version of the report was less straightforward, the Korean version quoted Kim as declaring the missile as operationally ready. He vowed to complete his nuclear weapons program in the face of strengthening international sanctions,’ the agency said.

Kim reportedly said that despite “limitless” international sanctions, North Korea has nearly completed the building of its nuclear weapons force, calling for “all-state efforts” to reach that goal. The dictator reportedly plans to aim for the “capacity for nuclear counterattack the U.S. cannot cope with.”

“As recognized by the whole world, we have made all these achievements, despite the U.N. sanctions that have lasted for decades,” KCNA quoted Kim as saying.

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