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Kim Jong Un's secretive state North Korea has issued a terrifying nuclear warfare warning.
Fears of leaders around the world that North Korea intends to battle it out with the big boys if provoked have been confirmed.
Pyongyang’s parliament has decreed that North Korea has the right to "automatically and immediately” use preventive nuclear strikes in order to protect its Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un.
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The new legislation has been passed despite the US trying to pressure the state into relinquishing its nuclear weapons for decades.
The law is also meant to counter South Korea’s “kill chain” strategy, which allows Seoul to preemptively strike North Korea if it suspects an imminent nuclear attack.
Jong-Un told the SPA- “The aim of the United States is not just to eliminate our nuclear weapons themselves but also, ultimately, to bring down our regime anytime by forcing [North Korea] to put down nuclear weapons and give up or weaken the power to exercise self-defence.
The utmost significance of legislating nuclear weapons policy is to draw an irretrievable line so that there can be no bargaining over our nuclear weapons”.
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However, the move comes as experts warn North Korea looks set to restart nuclear testing, which would see Pyongyang flex its arsenal’s capabilities for the first time since 2017.
Historic summits with ex-US President Donald Trump and other world leaders in 2018 failed to dissuade Kim from advancing his weapons development.
The law replaces a previous 2013 policy, which was far less expansive, noting that North Korea would only deploy nuclear weapons to repel an invasion or an attack from a hostile nuclear state.
It appears to have been written up to protect the country against attempts by foreign countries to stage a coup and create a regime change.
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North Korea has up to 60 nuclear weapons and a 5,000-tonne stockpile of chemical weapons, according to the US Army.
The calculations were made in 2020 as part of a report by the US Department of the Army, called North Korean tactics.
North Korea is supposedly the third biggest possessor of chemical agents, with 2,500-5,000 tonnes and 20 different types, the research added.
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