Van Jackson, a lecturer at Victoria University in Wellington and a former Pentagon official, said the speech gave Kim the opportunity to test further impending weapons in search of sanctions relief.
His arsenal is now estimated to include up to 50 nuclear bombs and various delivery systems, including solid-fuel missiles created to beat missile-defence systems and developmental ICBMs potentially capable of reaching the United States mainland. However, the Ministry highlighted that North Korea did not declare a suspension of its nuclear talks with Washington. Adding to the speculation, the North conducted what appears to be an engine test at its west coast satellite launch site last month.
Kim's comments published in state media Wednesday were made at a key, four-day meeting of the ruling Workers' Party's Central Committee as talks between Washington and Pyongyang have faltered over disagreements on disarmament steps and the removal of sanctions.
In response to the North Korean leader's latest threats, US President Donald Trump told reporters that he and Kim "did sign a contract, talking about denuclearisation".
Pompeo did indicate for the first time that Trump had promised to cancel large-scale allied military exercises in return for Kim's promise to refrain from nuclear and ICBM tests - a poor deal, given that North Korea is prohibited by 11 United Nations resolutions from conducting nuclear or any missile launch regardless of range.
"Diplomatic engagement is the only pathway to sustainable peace".
Kim was expected to give his annual New Year's speech on Wednesday - a highly anticipated address as he had said he would only give the United States until the end of 2019 to change its negotiating strategy.
While the North has demonstrated that its fleet of missiles could likely reach parts of the United States, the country still has not shown it could design a nuclear warhead that would survive the heat and huge forces that come with re-entry of a warhead into the atmosphere.
Kim at the party meeting declared the North will never give up its security for economic benefits in the face of what he described as increasing USA hostility and nuclear threats, the Korean Central News Agency said.
North Korea has not conducted a long-range missile test or a nuclear test in more than two years.
On Tuesday, North Korea's Kim dismissed the possibility of denuclearization, saying it will "never be" a reality on the Korean peninsula.
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"(Kim) confirmed that the world will witness a new strategic weapon to be possessed by the DPRK in the near future, declaring that we can not give up the security of our future just for the visible economic results. now that hostile acts and nuclear threat against us are increasing", it said.
"If Chairman Kim has reneged on the commitments he made to President Trump, that is deeply disappointing". The leaders after their first summit in Singapore in June 2018 issued a vague statement on a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula without when and how it would occur.
"I think he's a man of his word", he said, as he headed into New Year events in Florida.
Kim warned of a "shocking actual action" to make the USA pay for "abusing denuclearization talks, saying that the "powerful nuclear deterrent" capable of containing threats from the United States will be placed on "constant alert". US Foreign Secretary Mike Pompeo said he hoped the North would choose peace over war.
The sanctions include a ban on exports of North Korean coal and the repatriation of North Korean laborers working overseas.
The remarks threatened a major shift in North Korean policy.
Continuing, Scarborough argued that "obviously that's not the case", noting that analysts of North Korea and experts had long questioned the reality of Trump's promises.
The decision was a concession to the North, which has long demanded the cancellation of the drills because it considers them a rehearsal for an invasion. The North has also criticized the allies over South Korea's recent acquisition of advanced U.S. F-35 fighter jets.
Pyongyang's state TV broadcast an nearly hourlong report on Kim's remarks during the party meeting but made no mention of his annual speech.
At the same time, Mr. Kim has exhorted his people not to expect any immediate easing of sanctions and to brace for a prolonged struggle against the Americans by building a "self-reliant" economy.