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    Kim Vows to Boost North Korea’s Nuclear Capability After Observing New Long-Range Missile Launch

    Kim Vows to Boost North Korea's Nuclear Capability After Observing New Long-Range Missile Launch

    SEOUL, South — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un vowed to further bolster his country's nuclear fighting capabilities as he supervised the second test flight of a , powerful intercontinental ballistic missile designed to strike the mainland United States, state media reported Thursday.

    Kim's statement suggested North Korea would ramp up weapons testing activities to expand its arsenal in response to recent U.S. steps to enhance its security commitment to ally South Korea.

    “(Kim) clarified again that there will be no change and vacillation in the strategic line and policy of (the North Korean) government to steadily accelerate the development of more developed, effective and reliable weapon system,” the Korean Central News Agency said.

    Kim said North Korea is compelled to bolster the country's “nuclear war deterrent” because the security environment on the Korean Peninsula “is being seriously threatened by the hostile forces every moment.”

    The Korean Central News Agency reported Kim's comments a day after the launch of the Hwasong-18, which was first test-fired in April and which Kim has called the most powerful weapon of his nuclear forces.

    The road-mobile has built-in solid propellant, which makes it more difficult to detect in advance than liquid-fueled missiles.

    said the launch was meant to reconfirm the technical credibility and operational reliability of the missile. Kim called the…

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