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Kim Jong Un defies Donald Trump’s call to give up nuclear weapons.

North Korea has consistently expanded its nuclear arsenal and ballistic missile program despite growing international pressure.

North Korea has consistently expanded its nuclear arsenal and ballistic missile program despite growing international pressure.On July 28, 2020, North Korea's state media KCNA quoted North Korean leader Kim Jong Un saying that there will be no more war as the country's nuclear weapons guarantee its safety and future despite unabated outside pressure and military threats. Kim made the remarks as he celebrated the 67th anniversary of the end of the 1950-53 Korean War, which fell on July 27, with a reception for veterans. He stated North Korea is capable of defending itself in the face of any form of high-intensity pressure and military threats from imperialist and hostile forces.

The speech came amid stalled talks aimed at dismantling Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programmes in exchange for sanctions relief from Washington. Kim declared in December 2019 an end to moratoriums on nuclear and ballistic missile tests, and Pyongyang has repeatedly said it has no intention to continue talks unless Washington drops what it describes as 'hostile' policies towards the North.

In April 2018, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un announced a halt to all nuclear and ICBM tests and participated in a summit meeting with the leader of South Korea. On June 12, 2018, Kim met with U.S. President Donald Trump in Singapore, the first face-to-face meeting between leaders of North Korea and the United States in history. At the summit, the DPRK pledged 'to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.'

A post-summit stall in diplomatic talks was punctuated by North Korea's resumption of short-range ballistic missile tests in May 2019, the first such tests in over 18 months. In June 2020, North Korea marked the second anniversary of the Singapore summit by declaring its intention to bolster nuclear deterrence in the face of perceived U.S. threats.

A New York Times report published on August 4, 2020, says in a report to the United Nations Security Council which was obtained by The Associated Press, U.N. experts have said that North Korea is flouting U.N. sanctions by expanding its nuclear arsenal and ballistic missile program.

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