A new law passed by North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un’s parliament will allow for the leader to fire a preemptive nuclear attack if the country believes such an action would protect it from a threat.
North Korea’s new law also ensures that the country will “automatically and immediately” retaliate with nuclear weapons if Kim is killed in an attack, Politico reported. Kim mentioned strained relations with the U.S. as one of the reasons for the importance of the law that he claims is “irreversible.”
“As long as nuclear weapons exist on Earth, and imperialism and the anti-North Korean maneuvers of the U.S. and its followers remain, our road to strengthening our nuclear force will never end,” Kim said, according to CNN.
Kim also reaffirmed his commitment to maintaining his country’s nuclear capabilities, saying North Korea will “never give up nuclear weapons and there is absolutely no denuclearization, and no negotiation and no bargaining chip to trade in the process.”
Previously, Kim and his father Kim Jong-Il indicated they would only ever use nuclear weapons in response to a nuclear attack on North Korea. The new law gives Kim reasons to launch an attack for anything from retaliation for a non-nuclear strike on the country or a preemptive attack to stop an event “judged to be on the horizon.”
In August, North Korea had a sharp response to South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol’s offer to provide economic assistance if North Korea abandoned its nuclear program.
A previous RTM report had more to say on the matter:
“No one barters its destiny for corn cake,” Kim Yo-jong. Kim Jong Un’s sister, exclaimed, according to the country’s official KCNA news agency.
In a Friday commentary published in the Communist country’s official newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, Kim Yo-jong said her country had no plans to exchange nuclear weapons for economic aid.
The dictator’s sister, in fact, told the president of South Korea to “shut his mouth” after he offered the exchange, according to a Fox News report.
“It would have been more favorable for his image to shut his mouth, rather than talking nonsense as he had nothing better to say,” Yo Jong said in a statement.
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