North Korea’s Kim calls for ‘military countermeasures’

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has called for active “diplomatic and military countermeasures” to preserve the country’s security in a lengthy speech at a key political conference possibly meant to legitimise important changes to his nuclear diplomacy with the United States.

Kim spoke during the ruling Workers’ Party meeting, which is expected to continue for the fourth day on Tuesday, according to the Korean Central News Agency.

During his seven-hour speech on Monday, Kim issued national goals for rebuilding North Korea‘s economy and preparing active and “offensive political, diplomatic and military countermeasures for firmly preserving the sovereignty and security of the country,” the state media said on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, Kim is expected to use his annual New Year’s address to announce significant changes to his economic and security policies.

Some experts believe Kim could use the speech to declare he is suspending his nuclear negotiations with Washington, which are in a deadlock over disagreements in exchanging sanctions relief and disarmament, and he could possibly revive confrontation by lifting a self-imposed moratorium on nuclear and long-range missile tests.

KCNA did not report any decisions made at the party meeting or mention any specific comment by Kim towards the US.