Seoul South Korea has raised a sharp tone a new law in neighboring North Korea on pre-emptive nuclear strikes. Should North Korea attempt to use nuclear weapons, it would respond to an “overwhelming response by South Korea’s military alliance with the United States and thus enter the path of self-destruction,” a Defense Ministry spokesman said in Seoul on Tuesday.
In close cooperation with the USA, South Korea wants to increase deterrence against nuclear threats from North Korea. In addition to the South Korean system for pre-emptive strikes and missile defense, the spokesman also mentioned the planned creation of a strategic command. The aim is that North Korea does not use nuclear weapons.
After a series of new tests with nuclear-capable missiles by North Korea since the beginning of the year, the parliament in Pyongyang passed a law on nuclear policy last week.
This sees among other things the use of nuclear weapons not only as a deterrentbut also automatically in the event of an imminent attack on the leadership.
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The authoritarian state already describes itself in its constitution as a nuclear power. He is subject to harsh international sanctions for his nuclear weapons program. Pyongyang accuses the United States of hostile policies.
The goal is a “denuclearization” of North Korea
With the law, North Korea wants to emphasize that it is a nuclear-weapon state and does not want to give up its nuclear weapons, the ministry spokesman said. This has not changed Seoul’s position.
The goal is the complete “denuclearization” of North Korea. US negotiations with North Korea over its nuclear program have stalled since a failed summit between the two countries in February 2019.