“The nuclear force building policy of the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) has become permanent as a fundamental law of the state, which no one is allowed to violate,” said leader Kim Jong-un, during a meeting of The People’s Assembly, which took place on Tuesday and Wednesday, reports the state news agency KCNA.
A year ago, North Korea, which has already carried out six nuclear tests between 2006 and 2017, announced a new doctrine that makes its status as a nuclear power “irreversible” and authorizes it to launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike in the event of a threat existential towards his regime.
This doctrine, enshrined in law, also authorizes the preventive use of nuclear weapons, reports news.ro.
North Korea has stepped up its weapons tests this year, while its relations with the United States and its neighbor South Korea remain highly strained. Observers fear that Pyongyang will conduct another nuclear test, the seventh in its history and the first since 2017.