North Korean leader Kim Jong-un warned of a new Cold War with the US after the country changed its constitution and became a nuclear-armed country. Photo/Illustration
SEOUL – The leader of North Korea (North Korea), Kim Jong-un, warned of a new Cold War with the United States (US) after Pyongyang changed its constitution. He also called for increasing his nuclear weapons program.
Previously, North Korea’s legislative body had determined the country’s status as a nuclear-armed country in its constitution or basic law (UUD).
Regarding this, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un then said that his country needed to accelerate the modernization of nuclear weapons to maintain its strategic deterrence advantage.
“Today, our country’s strategic strength, the deterrence of nuclear war, has been strengthened and continues to be strengthened to a much greater extent than in recent decades,” said Kim Jong-un as quoted by Newsweek, Friday (29/9/2023).
The young North Korean dictator also said that the US was steeped in a Cold War mentality, and went to extremes in anti-North Korean military provocations
“North Korea is accelerating its nuclear weapons program to fulfill its mission as a responsible nuclear weapons state in the struggle to maintain stability on the Korean peninsula,” the North Korean leader added, saying a new Cold War was brewing on the world stage.
North Korea’s nuclear capabilities have long worried Western countries and its neighbor, South Korea (South Korea). South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol previously said Moscow helping Pyongyang’s weapons program in exchange for weapons in Ukraine would be “a direct provocation.”
Earlier this month, North Korea launched what it said was a nuclear attack submarine, although Western experts doubt the true scope of the submarine.
Kim Jong-un also recently returned from a visit to Russia, fueling concerns that Moscow could provide new technology to Pyongyang in exchange for weapons it badly needs for its war in Ukraine.