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Kim vows to make N. Korea ‘strongest nuclear power’

AFP-Jiji SEOUL (AFP-Jiji) — Kim Jong Un has vowed to make North Korea the “world’s strongest nuclear power,” state media reported Wednesday, as the reclusive nation shows little sign of reining in a weapons program fueling global alarm.

The North has rattled the international community with a flurry of missile launches and its largest ever nuclear test in recent months in its bid to develop a warhead capable of striking the United States.

Kim told workers behind the recent test of a new missile Pyongyang said was capable of that feat, that his country “will victoriously advance and leap as the strongest nuclear power and military power in the world,” in a ceremony on Tuesday, according to state news agency KCNA.

His comments come as global powers scramble for a response to the crisis, with the U.S. backing stringent economic and diplomatic sanctions on Kim’s regime to halt its nuclear drive.

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