This came during a meeting with his South Korean counterpart Suh Hoon in Washington.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said that the development of weapons is necessary to counter the hostile US policies and the South Korean military build-up, state media reported on Tuesday.
In a speech at the defense development fair, Kim was quoted by the Korean Central News Agency as saying that Pyongyang is increasing its military strength in self-defense, not to wage war.
Pictures published by the ruling party newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, show that Kim made these statements while standing next to a variety of weapons, including ICBMs, including the Hwasong-16 missile, the largest ICBM in North Korea. At a military parade in October 2020, but not yet tested.
“We don’t discuss war with anyone, we discuss preventing war itself and literally strengthening deterrence in order to protect national sovereignty,” Kim said.
A South Korean Defense Ministry spokesman told a news briefing that South Korean and US intelligence services are already analyzing the weapons that appeared at the exhibition and will continue to closely monitor the situation.
The two Koreas are in an accelerating arms race, as they test advanced short-range ballistic missiles and other weapons.
South Korea recently tested its first submarine-launched ballistic missile, plans to manufacture new major weapons, including aircraft carriers, and has also purchased US F-35 stealth fighters.
North Korea is pressing ahead with its missile program, and analysts say it has begun a major expansion of its main nuclear reactor, used to produce fuel for nuclear bombs.