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In North Korea, Kim Jong Un Takes a Hard Line on U.S. Ties, Weapons

MIN READJan 11, 2021 | 21:25 GMT

A news broadcast on a public television screen shows coverage of the 8th Congress of the Workers' Party of Korea in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang on Jan.11, 2021.

A news broadcast on a public television screen shows coverage of the 8th Congress of the Workers' Party of Korea in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang on Jan.11, 2021.

(KIM WON JIN/AFP via Getty Images)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's hard-line statements about his country’s relationship with the United States and planned weapons program advances reflect Pyongyang's long-term policy of building up its offensive capabilities as a means of protecting its interests and as a bargaining chip in negotiations with Washington....

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