In a statement denouncing Seoul for its recent acquisition of a number of new stealth jets from the US, an unnamed policy director at the foreign ministry's Institute for American Studies said the move would serve to heighten tensions on the peninsula. The official did not elaborate on specifically what kind of weapons North Korea will pursue.
In September 2014, South Korea announced a deal to procure 40 F-35 fighters in a Foreign Military Sale (FMS) deal worth about $6.1 billion. The North has criticized F-35A as an "invisible lethal weapon".
South Korea is to buy 40 F-35 fighter jets from Lockheed Martin by 2021.
In the leadup to the April session, North Korea held parliamentary elections in March and, though the ruling Korean Workers' Party won a landslide 99.99 percent of the vote, Kim Jong Un's name was absent from the ballot, an unprecedented move that meant he was not seeking to concurrently sit in parliament and preside as supreme leader.
Nuclear-armed Pyongyang has criticised Seoul for not pursuing inter-Korean economic projects as discussed in summit meetings between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in past year.
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The latest statement didn't criticize the US directly. -North Korea summit in Vietnam and was most recently seen seated just four spots away from her brother at a ceremony Monday marking the death of their grandfather and North Korea's founder Kim Il Sung. It was seen as more of a continuation of North Korea's sensitivity to the introduction of sophisticated USA weapons on the Korean Peninsula, and dissatisfaction with Seoul since the Vietnam summit's breakdown. He met Kim three times a year ago. The first-ever gathering of the three leaders at once was aimed toward revitalizing denuclearization-for-peace talks between the US and North Korea.
Since starting talks with Washington, Kim has suspended nuclear and long-range missile tests, allowing Trump to boast of a major achievement in his North Korea policy.
Kim Jong Un has been formally named head of state of North Korea and commander-in-chief of the military in a new constitution observers said was possibly aimed at preparing for a peace treaty with the United States.
Kim Dong-yub, an analyst from Seoul's Institute for Far Eastern Studies, said Thursday's statement suggests that North Korea may perform an anti-air missile test, but not a ballistic one that is banned by U.N. Security Council resolutions.