Kimvincibles: North Korean leader poses with paratroopers in ‘team photo’ during military drills as he vows to create an ‘invincible army’
- Kim Jong Un oversaw paratroopers during a second day of air force drills amid tensions with the South
- US and South Korea on Sunday called off their planned joint military exercise as an ‘act of goodwill’ to Kim
- Kim told troops to ready for enemies ‘armed to the teeth’ and continue training to become an ‘invincible army’
- Diplomats have been pushing to resume stalled nuclear talks ahead of Kim’s end-of-year deadline for Trump
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un today posed with his paratroopers in a team-style photo during military drills and urged his forces to become ‘an invincible army.’
The second day of drills comes as the US and South Korea called off their own exercises to create space for nuclear diplomacy.
As Kim watched his men descend to the mock battlefield, President Donald Trump urged the despot to ‘act quickly, get the deal done’ while hinting at another summit in his tweet, writing, ‘See you soon!’
At an Asian defense ministers’ conference in Bangkok on Sunday, U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said the United States has indefinitely postponed a joint military exercise with South Korea in an ‘act of goodwill’ toward North Korea.
Kimvincibles: Kim Jong Un sits with arms draped around his paratroopers and pilots on Monday, he told his men to prepare to face an enemy ‘armed to the teeth’ and declared he wanted to build an ‘invincible army’
Paratroopers from Kim’s army descend with white parachutes during the second day of military drills amid heightened scrutiny on possible talks with Washington
U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper, right, and South Korea defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo attend a press conference in Bangkok, Thailand on Sunday. Esper said the United States has indefinitely postponed a joint military exercise with South Korea in an ‘act of goodwill’ toward North Korea
Diplomats have been pushing to resume stalled nuclear talks ahead of Kim’s end-of-year deadline for the Trump administration to salvage the diplomacy.
North Korea has publicized two military drill in three days. A report Saturday said Kim urged combat pilots to prepare against enemies ‘armed to the teeth’ while attending a flight demonstration.
KCNA published photos that showed Kim posing with North Korean air force sharpshooters and soldiers who used white parachutes to land on a training field.
Kim while supervising the drill said it’s ‘necessary to wage a drill without notice under the simulated conditions of real war’ for improving his military’s war readiness and build it into an ‘invincible army,’ KNCA said. Kim did not make any specific comment toward Washington or Seoul in the report.
North Korea has been ramping up missile tests and other military demonstrations in recent months in an apparent pressure tactic over the talks.
North’s State Affairs Commission, the country’s supreme decision-making body, had lashed out at the planned U.S.-South Korean drills and warned that the that the United States will face a ‘greater threat’ if it ignores Kim’s end-of-year deadline
Negotiations have faltered since a February summit between Kim and Trump in Vietnam, which broke down after the U.S. rejected North Korean demands for broad sanctions relief in exchange for a partial surrender of its nuclear capabilities.
Kim issued an end-of-year deadline for the Trump administration to offer mutually acceptable terms for a deal while saying that the North would seek a ‘new path’ if the United States persists with sanctions and pressure.
Working-level talks last month in Sweden broke down over what the North Koreans described as the Americans’ ‘old stance and attitude.’
Rocket man: Despotic leader Kim has shown a keen interest in his country’s defence capabilities, and is seen here sitting in a fighter jet during a previous inspection visit
North Korea last week said the United States has proposed a resumption of stalled nuclear negotiations in December.
But North Korean negotiator Kim Myong Gil didn’t clearly say whether the North would accept the supposed U.S. offer and said the country has no interest in talks if they are aimed at buying time without discussing solutions.
He said the North isn’t willing to make a deal over ‘matters of secondary importance,’ such as possible U.S. offers to formally declare an end to the 1950-53 Korean War, which was halted by a cease-fire, not a peace treaty, or establish a liaison office between the countries.
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