SpaceWar.com reports: “North Korea has enshrined its status as a nuclear power in its constitution, with leader Kim Jong Un calling for more modern atomic weapons to counter the threat from the United States, state media reported Thursday.
Despite international sanctions over its nuclear weapons programme, North Korea has conducted a record number of missile tests this year, ignoring warnings from the United States, South Korea and their allies.
Diplomatic efforts to convince Pyongyang to give up its atomic arsenal failed, and the constitutional change came after Kim’s declaration last year that North Korea was an ‘irreversible’ nuclear weapons state.
North Korea’s ‘nuclear force-building policy has been made permanent as the basic law of the state, which no one is allowed to flout’, Kim said at a meeting of the State People’s Assembly, according to the official Korean Central News Agency.
The rubber-stamp parliament met on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Kim said North Korea needed nuclear weapons to counter an existential threat from the United States and its allies…”
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