Kim Jong-un demands ‘exponential’ boost in nuke production
Kim Jong Un has demanded an ‘exponential’ boost in the production of modern atomic weapons as the dictator declared North Korea a nuclear power. The despot also called for his country to play a larger role in a coalition of nations confronting the United States in a ‘new Cold War’ during a two-day session of the country’s rubber-stamp parliament.
It was during this session that Kim and his cronies enshrined North Korea’s status as a nuclear power in its constitution. The Supreme People’s Assembly’s session on Tuesday and Wednesday came after Kim traveled to Russia’s Far East this month to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin and visit military and technology sites. The trip sparked Western concerns about a possible arms alliance in which North Korea would supply Putin with badly needed munitions to fuel his war on Ukraine in exchange for economic aid and advanced Russian technologies to enhance North Korea’s nuclear and missile systems.
As North Korea slowly ends its pandemic lockdown, Kim has been actively boosting his partnerships with Moscow and Beijing as he attempts to break out of diplomatic isolation and join a united front against Washington. He has described the world as entering a ‘new Cold War’ and that North Korea should advance its nuclear capabilities in response. 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. Kim said North Korea needed nuclear weapons to counter an existential threat from the United States and its allies. The United States has ‘maximized its nuclear war threats to our Republic by resuming the large-scale nuclear war joint drills with clear aggressive nature and putting the deployment of its strategic nuclear assets near the Korean peninsula on a permanent basis’, he said.
Kim described the recently enhanced security cooperation between Washington, Seoul and Tokyo as the ‘worst actual threat’. He accused them of creating the ‘Asian version of NATO, the root cause of war and aggression.’ ‘This is just the worst actual threat, not threatening rhetoric or an imaginary entity,’ he said. As a result, he added, ‘it is very important for the DPRK to accelerate the modernization of nuclear weapons in order to hold the definite edge of strategic deterrence’. Kim also ‘stressed the need to push ahead with the work for exponentially boosting the production of nuclear weapons and diversifying the nuclear strike means’, according to KCNA.
KCNA said members of the assembly gave unanimous approval to a new clause in the constitution to ‘ensure the country’s right to existence and development, deter war and protect regional and global peace by rapidly developing nuclear weapons to a higher level.’ 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 with anything,’ Kim said in a speech at the assembly He stressed the need to ‘push ahead with the work for exponentially boosting the production of nuclear weapons and diversifying the nuclear strike means.’ Neighboring Japan, however, said North Korea’s atomic weapons programme was ‘absolutely unacceptable’.
With North Korea’s nuclear status enshrined in the constitution, prospects of convincing its leadership to give up atomic weapons have dimmed, experts said. ‘Kim’s speech… signifies the permanence of his nuclear force,’ Yang Moon-jin, president of the University of North Korean Studies in Seoul, told AFP. ‘This pushes the prospect of North Korea’s denuclearisation even further away.’
North Korea’s weapons tests this year included intercontinental ballistic missiles, and its military this month conducted what it described as simulations of a ‘tactical nuclear attack’. Pyongyang has also tried and failed twice this year to put a military spy satellite in orbit. South Korea and the United States have ramped up their security cooperation in response, with large-scale joint drills and trilateral naval exercises with Japan. The last known North Korean weapons test, involving two short-range ballistic missiles, took place while Kim was on his way to meet President Vladimir Putin in Russia.
Kim’s visit to Russia – his first abroad since the coronavirus pandemic – fanned Western fears that Moscow and Pyongyang will defy sanctions and strike an arms deal. Russia is believed to be interested in buying North Korean ammunition for its war in Ukraine, while Pyongyang wants Russian help with its missile and space programmes.
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