North Korea incorporates state nuclear force policy into constitution

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28th September 2023 – (Pyongyang) The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has officially included its state nuclear force policy, established a year ago, into the country’s constitution, as reported by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on Thursday.

During a session of the Supreme People’s Assembly (SPA) held at the Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang from Tuesday to Wednesday, an amendment regarding the incorporation of the state nuclear force policy into the DPRK constitution was unanimously adopted.

Choe Ryong Hae, Chairman of the SPA Standing Committee, stated that this amendment aims to define the position of the nuclear force in national defence and establish the principles guiding state activities in the development of the nuclear force, according to the KCNA.

Kim Jong Un, General Secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea and President of the State Affairs of the DPRK, addressed the SPA session, emphasising the “deep and significant” implications of the constitutional amendment. He highlighted the importance of developing nuclear weapons to a higher level as a means to safeguard the country’s right to exist and develop, deter war, and protect regional and global peace, as reported by KCNA.

Kim accused the United States of frequently revising its plans for aggression and escalating nuclear war threats against the DPRK, providing justification for the constitutional move, according to KCNA.

Furthermore, Kim criticised the trilateral military alliance between the United States, Japan, and South Korea, referring to it as an “Asian-version NATO” that poses the most severe threat, as stated in the report.

Kim emphasised the proactive pursuit of foreign policy and stressed the need for the DPRK to strengthen solidarity with nations opposing the strategies of hegemony pursued by the United States and the West, the KCNA report concluded.