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Kim Jong Un Blasts U.S., Signals Return to Nuclear, ICBM Tests

  • North Korea seeks to force its way back onto Biden’s agenda
  • Regime has refrained from ICBM, nuclear tests for four years
Kim Jong Un

Kim Jong Un

Source: Korea News Service/AP Photo

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Kim Jong Un indicated that he may end a four-year-old freeze on major weapons tests, threatening to ratchet up tensions with the U.S. and force North Korea’s nuclear program back onto the Biden administration’s agenda. 

Kim ordered ruling party leaders Wednesday to “promptly examine the issue of restarting all temporarily suspended activities,” state media said, in an apparent reference to the moratorium he started ahead of unprecedented talks with former President Donald Trump. North Korea must reconsider its “trust-building measures” and begin “immediately bolstering more powerful physical means, which can efficiently control the hostile moves of the U.S.,” Kim told the Workers’ Party meeting, according to the official Korean Central News Agency.