North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un on Wednesday threatened “shocking actual action” against the U.S. and also promised that the reclusive country will soon unveil new strategic weapons.
Mr. Kim’s widely anticipated New Year’s Day speech kept open the door to continued denuclearization talks with the Trump administration while turning up the rhetorical heat and returning to his traditional, more aggressive stance. The North Korean leader didn’t specify what the “shocking” action might, but Washington has been on high alert over the past week after Mr. Kim had promised a Christmas “surprise” that was expected to be a long-range ballistic missile test or perhaps even a return to nuclear weapons testing.
Neither of those tests came to pass over the Christmas holiday but Mr. Kim’s address Wednesday suggests they could be on the horizon.
“The world will witness a new strategic weapon to be possessed by [North Korea] in the near future,” Mr. Kim said, according to South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency.
Mr. Kim also delivered direct threats to Washington, saying his country will soon “shift to a shocking actual action to make it pay for the pains sustained by our people so far and for the development so far restrained.”