Seoul’s defense ministry said South Korean and U.S. intelligence agencies were analyzing North Korean weapons but did not elaborate. This is the first time the exhibition has been held on Monday since Kim came to power in 2011, according to the Seoul Unification Ministry.
Yang Wooq, a military expert who teaches at Hannam University in South Korea, said the weapons in the photos were mostly displayed by the North during military demonstrations. Meanwhile, Yang said North Korea was revealed at a military parade last year but was a new ICBM that had not been tested. The missile, mounted on an 11-axis launch vehicle during the parade, is considered to be the largest ICBM ever in the North.
South Korean media reported on Monday that the show included other ICBMs and short-range missiles that North Korea had already tested.
“Basically, we want to send this message to North Korea: ‘We will continue to develop new weapons and be armed with nuclear power, so do not impose sanctions on these because we cannot agree to double standards,” Yang said. .
In the past few weeks, North Korea has sent mixed signals to its rivals.
Last month, North Korea test-fired its first missile in six months, including US military bases, including nuclear-capable weapons that could reach targets in South Korea and Japan. But North Korea still restored silent telephone and fax channels with South Korea and said it was open to resuming official talks with South Korea if conditions were met.
Some experts say North Korea is using its desire to improve relations to try to persuade the United States to ease North Korea’s economic sanctions and provide other relief.
North Korea has long sought to improve relations with the United States as it seeks sanctions and a better defensive environment to focus on reviving its unstable economy. High-level diplomacy between the two countries collapsed in early 2019 after the Americans rejected North Korea’s demands for broader sanctions for partial disarmament.
The United States has recently repeatedly called for unconditional talks with North Korea “anywhere and anytime.” Kim called the proposal “cunning” and sought to cover up US hostility to North Korea, as Washington wanted to ease sanctions or suspend its regular military exercises with Seoul before talks could resume.
Despite recent missile tests, Kim still maintains a 2018 self-imposed ban on long-range missile tests aimed at the American homeland, a sign that he wants to keep it alive for future talks with Washington.
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