Kim Jong Un says North Korea’s new law allowing preemptive nukes ‘irreversible’

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North Korea has officially enshrined the right to use pre-emptive nuclear strikes to protect itself in a new law.

The country’s leader Kim Jong Un said the legislation also made its nuclear status “irreversible” and precludes denuclearization talks, state media reported Friday.

The move comes as observers say North Korea appears poised to resume nuclear tests for the first time since 2017, after historic summits with former US President Donald Trump and other world leaders in 2018 failed to persuade Kim to stop weapons development.

The Nordic parliament – the upper house of the people – passed the legislation on Thursday, according to state news agency KCNA.

The new legislation replaces a 2013 law that first outlined the country’s nuclear status.

A gathering of parliamentarians looks on as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un delivers a speech
The Supreme People’s Assembly passed the legislation into law on Thursday.(Korean Central News Agency / Korea News Service via AP)

“The greatest significance of legislating nuclear weapons policy is to draw an irrevocable line so that our nuclear weapons cannot be negotiated,” Kim Jong Un said in a speech to the assembly.

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