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North Korean Parliament enshrines its nuclear ambitions in the Constitution | Kim Jong Un News

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Leader Kim Jong Un said the constitutional amendment would help North Korea maintain a “clear advantage” in deterring threats.

North Korea’s parliament unanimously decided to enshrine its nuclear program in the country’s constitution.

The official KCNA news agency referred to this “crucial item on the agenda” Thursday morning, explaining that the new constitutional amendment would make North Korea’s pursuit of a nuclear force “the basic law of the State “.

The news follows a meeting Tuesday and Wednesday of the Supreme People’s Assembly, North Korea’s legislative body. The country’s leader, Kim Jong Un, addressed the assembly in support of the amendment’s adoption.

Kim called for “accelerating the modernization of nuclear weapons to maintain a strategic deterrent advantage” against perceived threats, such as the United States and South Korea.

“This is a historic event that provided powerful policy leverage to remarkably strengthen national defense capabilities,” Kim said, according to KCNA.

“(North Korea’s) policy of strengthening nuclear forces has become permanent and constitutes the basic law of the state, which no one is allowed to violate by anything.”

Days earlier, North Korean Ambassador Kim Song warned the United Nations General Assembly that his country could be pushed into nuclear war by “hostile threats from outside.”

“The Korean Peninsula is in a delicate situation with imminent danger of the outbreak of nuclear war,” Ambassador Kim said Tuesday.

Citing “extremely dangerous” conditions, he added that North Korea “must urgently further accelerate the development of its self-defense capabilities to defend itself impregnably.”

The announcement that nuclear weapons would be enshrined in the country’s constitution comes in defiance of multiple UN Security Council sanctions intended to deter North Korea from pursuing nuclear weapons.

Over the past year, North Korea has increased its weapons tests, launching a series of ballistic and cruise missiles.

Since 2006, the country has also conducted six nuclear tests, although the last one took place in 2017. U.S. officials, including national security adviser Jake Sullivan, have sounded the alarm about the possibility that a seventh test looms on the horizon.

“He will uncork this at a time and place of his choosing, which we will watch very, very carefully,” Lt. Gen. Scott Berrier, director of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency, said in March.

Berrier warned at the time that North Korea had become “much more dangerous” as it expanded its arsenal of missiles and nuclear weapons.

Leader Kim Jong Un appeared at the Supreme People’s Assembly this week to support the constitutional amendment, according to official reports (KCNA via Reuters)

In January 2022, for example, the country announced its first successful test of a hypersonic missile, a weapon capable of exceeding the speed of sound. In April, it successfully launched its first solid-fueled intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), a step forward from liquid-fueled versions, which are slower to launch and more difficult to use.

“It continues to seek greater precision and lethality with its missile force,” Berrier said.

But North Korean officials have called nuclear development necessary to fend off threats from the United States, South Korea and Japan, an alliance leader Kim Jong Un likened to an “Asian version of NATO.” .

The three countries regularly conduct joint military exercises in the Pacific region, an act that North Korean state media has called “nuclear blackmail.”

Earlier this month, Kim made a rare trip outside his country, visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Vostochny spaceport to strengthen ties and inspect Russian military capabilities.

Putin has pledged to visit North Korea in return, raising concerns about an arms trade deal between the two countries.

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