North Korea’s “military muscle” and “nuclear deterrent” ended a tense standoff with the nation’s southern neighbor, leader Kim Jong Un said Friday.
At a meeting of the powerful Central Military Commission, Kim said the agreement announced earlier this week between North and South Korea “was by no means something achieved on the negotiating table but thanks to the tremendous military muscle with the nuclear deterrent for self-defense,” according to the North’s official Korean Central News Agency.
The deal, announced early Tuesday, ended an impasse that had threatened to escalate into full-scale military confrontation. Pyongyang expressed regret over its provocations — including a land mine explosion this month that injured two South Korean soldiers — and pledged to stop them. In return, Seoul agreed to halt anti-North Korean messages broadcast across the border.
Calling the standoff “the most dangerous situation which reached the brink of war,” Kim discussed with military and other officials the “important strategic tasks to bolster up the national defense capability as firm as (an) iron wall,” according to KCNA.