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Kim Jong-un Calls For 'Offensive Measures' To Protect North Korea

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has previously said his country would take a "new path" if the US failed to drop sanctions.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has called for "offensive measures" to protect the country's security and sovereignty, state media have said.

Mr Kim's comments come as the North's end-of-year deadline for denuclearisation talks with the US draws to a close. 

According to the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), Mr Kim called for "active and offensive" measures during a top party meeting in Pyongyang.

There are concerns that the meeting, which began on Saturday, could see Mr Kim suspend the nuclear negotiations and take a more confrontational approach with the US. 

Earlier this year, he warned that North Korea would pursue a "new path" if the US continues to enforce sanctions.

Mr Kim with North Korean troops following a missile test in November (Picture: KCNA).

In his New Year's speech on Wednesday, Mr Kim is expected to announce major policy changes.

The North Korean leader has met US President Donald Trump three times over the past two years.

The pair have agreed to work towards a nuclear-free Korean peninsula, however, there has been little evidence of progress.

At their last meeting in June, the two leaders agreed to resume talks but months later, a working-level meeting in Sweden saw negotiations break down, with the North blaming the US for their "old stance and attitude".

Earlier this month, North Korea said it conducted two "crucial" tests at its long-range rocket launch facility.

The tests prompted fears that the country is developing a new long-range missile or is preparing a satellite launch. 

Cover Image: Library image of Kim Jong-un (Picture: PA).