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Standing beside North Korea’s largest missiles, leader Kim Jong Un said his country’s weapons development is necessary in the face of hostile policies from the United States and a military buildup in South Korea, state media said Tuesday.

Pyongyang was only increasing its military in self-defense and not to start a war, Kim said in a speech at the “Defense Development Exhibition” on Monday, according to a report by the state-run Korean Central News Agency.

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