The North Korea's Kim Jong Un proclaimed it will never give up its nuclear weapons nor its pursuit of building up its nuclear arsenal to counter any threats from the United States. In a statement from his speech, Kim said Wednesday that he is solely responsible for the country's nuclear weapons as the country adopted a decree that gives him full command and control of the country’s nuclear arsenal.

This declaration by Pyongyang, according to KCNA Watch, is contained in an 11-paragraph document that included other important policies regarding provisions on the purpose of nuclear weapons, the composition of nuclear weapons, enforcement of decisions regarding the use of nuclear weapons, as well as the conditions of use and safety maintenance. The document states the North Korean leader will be the overseer of all things nuclear and gives him the right to dispose them of whenever he pleases.

Meanwhile, South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency cited that the North will respond to any nuclear attack or any offensive that involves weapons of mass destruction or any imminent threat of nuclear assaults by an opposing nation on North Korean soil. Such hostile actions by nuclear and non-nuclear countries on North Korea’s leadership in charge of its nuclear arsenal will be met with an immediate launch of its nuclear weapons to annihilate enemy forces, according to The Eur Asian Times.

In addition to this, Kim boldly stated that the nation will never give up its nuclear weapons due to constant threats from the United States intent on destroying the North Korean regime. Kim remarked that the goal of the U.S. is to destroy its nuclear power, crippling the country and removing its right to self-defense so it can easily overthrow the regime. The country has ramped up the development of its nuclear-capable short-range missiles aimed particularly at neighboring South Korea as a means to blunt its forces as it houses over 28,000 U.S. troops. South Korea and the U.S. are keeping a close watch on the North as they anticipate a nuclear test launch soon to assert the country as a recognized global nuclear power.

File footage of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un
File footage of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is shown on a television screen at a train station in Seoul on September 9, 2022, after North Korea passed a law allowing it to carry out a preventive nuclear strike and declaring its status as a nuclear-armed state "irreversible", state media said Friday. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP via Getty Images

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