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North Korean leader says his nukes, not negotiation, avoided war – The Washington Post

North Korean leader says his nukes, not negotiation, avoided war – The Washington Post

Kim Jong Un, the querulous North Korean leader, said the recent standoff with South Korea was resolved not through negotiation but “thanks to the tremendous military muscle” of the country’s nuclear weapons.

Some analysts have suggested that Pyongyang’s recent eagerness to hold talks with Seoul could be a sign of domestic vulnerability for Kim, whose official titles include first chairman of the National Defense Commission and supreme commander of the Korean People’s Army.

But according to North Korea’s version of events, last weekend’s confrontation with South Korea was a sign of the former’s strength.

“We protected the dignity and sovereignty of the country, the gains of the revolution and the happiness of the people by our own efforts amid the tempest of the history without anybody’s support and sympathy,” Kim told officials at a meeting to review the “revolutionary measures” the regime had taken over the past week, according to the country’s official Korean Central News Agency.

Source: North Korean leader says his nukes, not negotiation, avoided war – The Washington Post