An enhanced military capability was called by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to combat what he defined as “hostile forces” against Pyongyang.
The move, however, is not targeted at a war against the United States or South Korea, he said.
The leader gave the statement as he appeared before the defense development display to celebrate the Workers’ Party’s 76th founding anniversary.
During the event, Kim slammed Seoul and Washington over its weapons development and joint military drills.
“The United States has been frequently signaling that it’s not hostile to our country, but there has been no behavioral ground to believe that it is not,” he said. “For our descendants we need to be strong. We need to first be strong.”
His comments were aired following the new anti-aircraft missile testing of the North, which was done two weeks ago.
The said testing marked its fourth release for last month.
“The military threats our country is facing is different from what we saw 10, five or three years ago,” the regime’s leader said.
He furthered that the pressure on the Korean Peninsula cannot be easily settled “due to the US”.
Seoul continued to improve military capabilities while it is discussing “peace, cooperation and prosperity”, Kim said, accusing it of being “hypocritical.”
Kim expressed “strong regrets” and said “strong actions” will be North’s response if the South remains to “infringe upon our rights to self-defense.”
But boosting its military capabilities is not targeted to the South, Kim said, noting the “horrific history” of a battle among the similar citizens should not happen again “on this land,” The Korea Herald reported.
“Our enemy is war itself, not a certain country or forces like South Korea and the US,” Kim said. “But our external efforts for peace does not in any way mean giving up our rights to self-defense.”