North Korea passes law authorizing ‘automatic’ nuclear strikes against ‘hostile forces’


According to state media, North Korea has passed a law allowing it to “automatically” launch a nuclear strike against any “hostile force” that poses an imminent threat to the state.

A new law passed by the Supreme People’s Assembly on Sept. 8 will allow North Korea to “immediately destroy hostile forces” in self-defense, the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said. ) report.

Although the law states that North Korea should only use nuclear weapons as a last resort, nuclear arsenal is a major force in national defense to protect a country’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, and its people. is.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said, “As a result, our country’s position as a nuclear power has become irreversible.” another report.

Kim Jong-un vowed to “never give up nuclear weapons” despite the military situation on the Korean peninsula and North Korea’s “100 years of sanctions.”

He called the United States a “nuclear enemy” of North Korea and accused South Korea of ​​exacerbating regional military tensions due to its joint defense arrangement with Washington.

“As long as nuclear weapons remain on the planet, imperialism persists, and the United States and its vassals refuse to stop operations against North Korea, our journey to build nuclear forces will never end.”

US claims ‘no hostility’

Meanwhile, White House Press Secretary Carine Jean-Pierre reiterated on Friday that Washington has “no hostile intentions” toward North Korea and will continue to pursue diplomacy.

“As we have said, and as North Korean officials, including Kim Jong-un, have publicly pointed out, we continue to seek diplomacy and are ready to meet without preconditions. I don’t,” she said. told reporters.

Jean-Pierre said Washington remains committed to working closely with allies and partners to address the North Korean nuclear threat.

North Korea tensions on the Korean Peninsula
A test launch of the Hwasong-17 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) at an undisclosed location in North Korea on March 24, 2022. (Korea News Service via Korea Central News Agency/AP)

North Korea has conducted a series of missile launches this year, including the Hwasong-17, the largest intercontinental ballistic missile banned under UN Security Council resolutions on North Korea’s missile program.

South Korea’s Yoon Seok-yeol has offered to provide North Korea with a “bold plan” to “progressively and significantly improve the country’s economy and the lives of its people” in exchange for complete denuclearization.

However, North Korea rejected Yoon’s offer, calling it a “silly dream.” Kim Jong-un said there will be no denuclearization negotiations, negotiations, “bargaining chips” in the process. KCNA.

South Korea has sought a formal declaration ending the Korean War of 1950-1953 to ease tensions on the Korean Peninsula. The two countries agreed to a cease-fire in 1953.

But North Korea maintains that any formal treaty to end the war must first be preceded by an end to US “hostility” against it.

Aldogra Fredry

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Aldgra Fredly is a Malaysia-based freelance writer covering Asia Pacific news for The Epoch Times.