Kim vows to show new N. Korean weapon, never trade security

People watch a TV screen showing a file image of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump, left, during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019. Kim has called for active "diplomatic and military countermeasures" to preserve the country's security in a lengthy speech at a key political conference possibly meant to legitimize major changes to his nuclear diplomacy with the United States. The sign reads: "North Korea and the United States can't restore confidence." (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

(AP) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has accused the Trump administration of dragging its feet in nuclear negotiations and warned that his country will soon show to the world a new strategic weapon.

North Korea’s state media says Kim during a key political conference declared that the North will not give up its security for economic benefits and will never denuclearize unless the United States discards its “hostile policies.”

The report was vague about the weapon he vowed to reveal.

Kim did warn there were no longer grounds for North Korea to be“unilaterally bound” to its self-imposed moratorium on testing nuclear devices and intercontinental ballistic missiles.

President Donald Trump has touted North Korea’s moratorium as a major diplomatic accomplishment. Kim gave no clear indication that a resumption of such tests was impending and Trump urged him to hold to his alleged commitment.

Kim’s comments came after a months-long standoff with Washington over exchanging sanctions relief and disarmament measures, which dimmed hopes for denuclearizing the North through diplomacy.

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