Just as President Donald Trump prepares to leave office, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un now refers to the U.S. as an “arch-enemy” and threatens to expand its nuclear arsenal.

“Our external political activities must focus on our arch-enemy and the fundamental obstacle to our revolutionary development, the United States,” Kim told the 8th Congress of the Workers’ Party of Korea, the state run Korean Central News Agency reported.

“The efforts will focus on overpowering and bringing them to their knees,” he added.

…In an apparent attempt to also apply pressure on the incoming administration of [Biden], Kim said: “Whoever takes office in the U.S., its basic nature and hostile policy will never change.”

Relations between North Korea and the U.S. would depend on “the U.S. withdrawing its hostile policy,” he added.

Biden, who will take office on Jan. 20, has previously called Kim a “thug” and criticized his summits with President Trump.

Meanwhile, Chinese President Xi Jinping congratulated Kim for being elected as general secretary of the ruling Workers’ Party.

Kim was elected on Sunday, taking over the title from his late father. China is North Korea’s largest trade partner and closest ally.

North Korea, under the leadership of Kim, can achieve economic and social development goals and “attain greater success in socialist development”, Xi said, according to China’s Xinhua state news agency.

However, during the same conference, Kim’s powerful sister was demoted.

During the sixth-day session of the party’s eighth congress in Pyongyang on Sunday, Kim Yo-jong, the leader’s younger sister, was not listed as a member nor as an alternate member of the party’s politburo, according to the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

Her absence on the politburo list drew a sharp contrast with South Korean intelligence authorities’ assessment that the younger Kim is “the de facto No. 2 leader” steering overall state affairs.

The National Intelligence Service made the assessment during a closed-door parliamentary briefing in August, with a prediction that she would be elevated to a higher party post in the rare congress, according to lawmakers.

Observers said that it is premature to determine where Kim Yo-jong stands in the top party echelons based on the recent reshuffle, given her pedigree and the great trust the leader places in her.

It may be recalled that Kim’s sister apparently took the reigns of government when Kim was rumored to be dead of COVID-19.

While Trump’s policies apparently enhanced peace in the Middle East, sadly, he leaves office with North Korea being an even more rogue nation than before.

 

 
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