Kim Jong Un Calls for Increase in Nuclear Arsenal

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Seoul, Jan. 1 (Jiji Press)--North Korean leader Kim Jong Un stressed the need to mass-produce tactical nuclear weapons and called for "an exponential increase" in the country's nuclear arsenal in 2023, the North's state-run Korean Central News Agency said Sunday.

Kim also unveiled plans to develop another intercontinental ballistic missile system "whose main mission is quick nuclear counterstrike" and launch the country's first military reconnaissance satellite as early as possible.

He made the comments at a plenary meeting of the central committee of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea that was held from Monday through Saturday.

The United States and other hostile forces are "now keen on isolating and stifling the DPRK, unprecedented in human history," Kim said, using the abbreviation for North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

North Korea fired a short-range ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan on Sunday, an unusual missile launch by Pyongyang on New Year's Day, following its firing of three short-range ballistic missiles into the sea on Saturday.

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