N.Korea Extols Ballistic Missiles in Propaganda Film

Jay Yim, Oct. 10, 2019, 9:35 a.m.


North Korea on Wednesday screened a propaganda film extolling its development of intercontinental ballistic missiles. The North is currently bound by a moratorium on ICBM tests.

The film was aired on state TV and summarizes the achievements of regime founder Kim Il-sung, his son Kim Jong-il, and grandson Kim Jong-un.

It includes images of test-launches of the Hwasong-14 and Hwasong-15 ICBMs and tests of rocket engines for an ICBM. With the subtitle "a great historical event in November," it shows a clip of the last test of the Hwasong-15 on Nov. 29, 2017.

In a session of the Workers Party in April last year, the North declared a moratorium on nuclear and ICBM tests, while pledging to concentrate on economic reconstruction.

U.S. President Donald Trump has touted this as his greatest diplomatic achievement.

But right after the latest talks with the U.S. broke down in Stockholm last week, North Korea's chief negotiator Kim Myong-gil hinted at the possibility of lifting the moratorium by saying, "It's completely up to the [U.S.'] stance whether we continue to maintain the moratorium on nuclear and ICBM tests."

On his way back home, he warned that a "terrible" event may take place should the U.S. fail to change its attitude.

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