Kim vows never to give up nuclear weapons programme

RSTV Bureau
File Photo: This image made from video of a still image broadcast in a news bulletin by North Korea's KRT on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, shows leader Kim Jong Un at what was said to be a "Combined Fire Demonstration" held to celebrate the 85th anniversary of the North Korean army, in Wonsan, North Korea. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this photo.

File Photo: This image made from video of a still image broadcast in a news bulletin by North Korea’s KRT on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, shows leader Kim Jong Un at what was said to be a “Combined Fire Demonstration” held to celebrate the 85th anniversary of the North Korean army, in Wonsan, North Korea. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this photo.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un vows his nation would “demonstrate its mettle to the US” and never negotiate its weapons programmes after watching the test- launch of its first intercontinental ballistic missile.

The hard line suggests that more tests are being prepared as North Korea tries to perfect a nuclear missile capable of striking anywhere in the United States.

Yesterday’s ICBM launch, confirmed later by US and South Korean officials, is a milestone in Pyongyang’s efforts to develop long-range nuclear-armed missiles.

The ensuing uproar only seemed to inspire the North’s rhetoric in official media, which described Kim as smiling as he urged his scientists to “frequently send big and small ‘gift packages’ to the Yankees,” an apparent reference to further tests.