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Kim Jong-un Demonstrates “Hypersonic Nuclear Weapons Capable of Hitting US Bases in MINUTES” and Vows to Build an Arsenal “at the Fastest Pace”.

KIM Jong-un has shown deadly hypersonic missiles feared can hit US bases in MINUTES as he vowed to build North Korea’s nuclear arsenal at its “fastest pace”.

The tyrant threatened to use his nuclear forces if provoked as he delivered a speed display with the state’s most powerful weapons systems during a huge military parade.

North Korea presented its newly built ICBM, the Hwasong-17, during the parade

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North Korea presented its newly built ICBM, the Hwasong-17, during the paradeCredit: AP
Rockets and transport vehicles were demonstrated at the military parade

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Rockets and transport vehicles were demonstrated at the military paradeCredit: EPA
Dressed in white, Kim Jong-un waved as he oversaw the parade

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Dressed in white, Kim Jong-un waved as he oversaw the paradePhoto credit: AFP
It was held to celebrate the anniversary of the Korean People's Revolutionary Army

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It was held to celebrate the anniversary of the Korean People’s Revolutionary ArmyPhoto credit: AFP

It comes as Pyongyang has stepped up weapons tests and demonstrations of military might amid stalled denuclearization talks with the United States and a new conservative government in South Korea.

US and South Korean officials say there are signs of new construction at North Korea’s only nuclear test site, which has been officially closed since 2018.

“Our republic’s nuclear forces should be ready at all times to carry out their mission of responsibility and unleash their unique deterrent,” Kim told the parade, according to state news agency KCNA.

The basic mission of the North’s nuclear forces is “to deter war,” but their deployment “can never be confined to a single mission,” he added.

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“If any forces try to harm our state’s fundamental interests, our nuclear forces must resolutely carry out their unexpected second mission,” Kim said.

Monday night’s parade was meant to mark the 90th anniversary of the North Korean army — the backbone of the Kim family’s authoritarian rule — and comes as the country faces an economy beset by pandemic-related difficulties, US-led sanctions and punish his own mismanagement.

State media photos showed Kim, dressed in a white military coat, smiling and waving from a balcony alongside his wife Ri Sol Ju and other senior lawmakers.

One of the weapons on display at the brightly lit Kim Il Sung Square, named after Kim’s late grandfather and founder of the state, was North Korea’s largest newly built ICBM, the Hwasong-17.

North Korea claimed to have tested that missile last month in its first full-range ICBM launch in more than four years – and released a Top Gun-inspired propaganda clip of the blast.

However, South Korea denied this, saying North Korea launched a smaller, existing Hwasong-15 ICBM after a failed launch of the Hwasong-17.

Dubbed the “monster missile,” analysts have speculated that the Hwasong-17 is designed to carry multiple warheads and decoys to better penetrate missile defenses.

The procession also included rows of conventional weapons such as artillery, rocket launchers and prototype tanks, as well as tens of thousands of troops goose-stepping and shouting “long life” to Kim Jong-un.

North Korea’s ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programs are banned by United Nations Security Council resolutions that have imposed sanctions on the country.

North Korea has conducted 13 rounds of weapons tests this year, including the alleged launch of the Hwasong-17.

There are also signs North Korea is rebuilding tunnels at a nuclear test site last active in 2017, possibly in preparation for detonating a nuclear device.

Kim stood on a balcony with his wife Ri Sol Ju to watch the procession

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Kim stood on a balcony with his wife Ri Sol Ju to watch the processionPhoto credit: AFP
A Pukguksong-5 rocket will be showcased at Monday night's event

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A Pukguksong-5 rocket will be showcased at Monday night’s eventCredit: EPA

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