Who are the USA's greatest enemies

According to state media, North Korea's ruler Kim Jong-un is sticking to his hostile policy towards the United States. The newly elected US President Joe Biden will not change that. "No matter who is in power in the US, the real nature of the US and its basic policy towards North Korea never changes," Kim said on Friday at a party conference in Pyongyang, according to a report by the KCNA news agency. North Korea's foreign policy must "aim to subjugate the United States, our greatest enemy and main obstacle to our innovative development."

Negotiations between the USA and North Korea on its nuclear weapons program stalled after a failed summit meeting between Kim and US President Donald Trump in Vietnam in February 2019. Overall, the North Korean ruler had met with Trump three times. Now Kim told the report by the South Korean news agency Yonhap, which cites the North Korean state agency KCNA, that the hostile policies of the USA had worsened despite North Korea's "efforts". The US State Department did not comment on Kim's remarks. A spokesman for the transition team for President-elect Joe Bidens declined to comment.

Kim also announced that he would push ahead with nuclear armament. The atomic development is continued for one's own survival. The research design for a new nuclear submarine has been completed.

North Korea is internationally isolated because of its nuclear weapons program. The sanctions imposed because of the program hamper its economic development. At a meeting of the party's central committee at the end of 2019, Kim said that Pyongyang was no longer bound by its moratorium on tests for atomic bombs and ICBMs.

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