September 9, 2022
North Korea has passed a law declaring itself to be a nuclear weapons state.
The country’s leader Kim Jong-un called the decision “irreversible” and ruled out the possibility of any talks on denuclearisation
The law also enshrines the country’s right to use a pre-emptive nuclear strike to protect itself.
Despite crippling sanctions, Pyongyang has conducted six nuclear tests between 2006 and 2017.
It has continued to advance its military capability – in breach of United Nations Security Council resolutions – to threaten its neighbours and potentially even bring the US mainland within striking range.