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North Korea: New law allows Kim Jong-un to launch nuclear first strike against "enemy forces"

Created: 09/09/2022, 12:10 p.m

Kim Jong Un
North Korea’s ruler Kim Jong-un at an appointment (archive photo). © Uncredited/KCNA/KNS/dpa/picture alliance

Tensions continue to exist between North and South Korea. Ruler Kim Jong-un can perform a nuclear first strike to destroy “enemy forces”.

Pyongyang – North Korea has declared a pre-emptive nuclear strike permissible by law. At the same time, the isolated country classified its status as a nuclear weapons state as “irreversible”, as reported by state media on Friday (September 9). The announcement came amid rising tensions between North and South Korea.

According to North Korea’s state news agency KCNA , the new law allows Pyongyang to “automatically” carry out a nuclear first strike and “immediately destroy enemy forces” if another state poses an imminent threat to North Korea.

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The country had previously dismissed South Korean government proposals for economic aid in exchange for its nuclear disarmament as absurd. Kim Yo-jong, Kim Jong-un’s sister, called South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol “really simplistic and childish”.

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Kim called her country’s nuclear weapons a matter of honor. “Nobody trades their destiny for corncakes.” Yoon made the wrong assumption that his plans could persuade her country to take measures for denuclearization. His initiative is therefore the “level of absurdity”.

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