In 2023, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un delivered a fiery political speech to the leadership of the Communist Party, in which he rejected the possibility of peaceful reunification with South Korea and described the relations as “two hostile countries and two wartime antagonists,” according to the state news agency KCNA.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un urged an “expansive” expansion of North Korea’s nuclear arsenal and intensified ballistic missile tests in 2023. He also promised to launch three new spy satellites, according to “Deutsche Welle.” In his speech, Kim Jong Un accused South Korea and the United States of reckless preparations for invasion and warned that “war could break out on the Korean Peninsula at any time.” In 2023, North Korea launched a record number of missiles, including, as claimed in December, a nuclear device capable of carrying an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that could reach any location in the United States. Additionally, at the end of 2023, the regime launched a rocket that placed a spy satellite into orbit. Tensions between North Korea and South Korea continue to escalate, with North Korea successfully launching a medium-range hypersonic ballistic missile on Sunday. On January 6, Seoul reported that North Korea had fired at least 60 artillery shells into waters near the South Korean-controlled island of Jonpyong. Furthermore, U.S. satellites detected the modernization and expansion of North Korea’s Manpho Unha chemical complex, linked to the production of chemicals used for missile fuel and reagents for nuclear weapons. In 2024, North Korea plans to launch three more reconnaissance satellites. The Stimson Center, based in Washington, warns that the security situation on the peninsula is the “most dangerous” in decades. Experts suggest that North Korea’s recent actions may not be mere routine intimidation, and the security situation is “more dangerous than at any time since the beginning of the Korean War in June 1950.” The Stimson Center emphasizes that the recent steps taken by North Korea may go beyond mere provocations and could indicate a strategic decision by Kim Jong Un to initiate a war, drawing parallels to his grandfather’s decision in 1950. The analysts believe that Kim Jong Un may perceive the normalization of relations with the United States as unattainable, marking a significant shift in the strategic landscape in and around the Korean Peninsula. The failure of the 2019 Hanoi summit between Kim Jong Un and then-U.S. President Donald Trump marked the beginning of this shift. The focus of the negotiations was mainly on the possibility of easing sanctions in exchange for North Korea’s commitment to end its weapons program, but none of these scenarios materialized. Five years later, North Korea believes it is time to challenge the status quo, developing ties with Russia and supporting Moscow’s war in Ukraine with artillery shells. At the same time, Kim Jong Un perceives the United States as “globally retreating.”
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