North Korea warns of reconsidering its decision of 'Denucelarisation'

Kim Jong Un has declared that North Korea will develop strategic weapons to ensure the security of its state until a lasting peace-keeping mechanism is ready. He asserted that there will never be denuclearization in the Korean peninsula if the US continues its ‘hostile policies’ against the regime.

Crux of the Matter
  • Without specifying any details of the strategic weapons Kim Jong Un said that the new weapons system had been ‘perfectly carried out’ by the scientists.
  • He also warned that he is no longer bound by his self-imposed decision to freeze major weapons testing for more than two years.
  • North Korea had expressed increasing frustration with the US since Trump walked out of their last formal summit.
  • Kim has expressed his anger at joint US-South Korean militarily drills, new US weapons being deployed on the peninsula and sanctions, which have been choking North Korea’s paltry economy.
  • Kim said the US actions will force him to reconsider testing of nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles.
  • While Trump has been claiming since 2018 that North Korea is ‘no longer a nuclear threat’.
  • Trump’s national security adviser Robert O’Brien said, “the US will be ready to respond if Kim fires additional long-range missiles or conduct any nuclear tests.”

Kim Jong-un is a North Korean politician who has been the supreme leader of North Korea since 2011 and chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea since 2012. He is the second child of Kim Jong-il, who was North Korea’s second leader from 1994 to 2011, and Ko Yong-hui. Kim rules a dictatorship where elections are not free and fair, government critics are persecuted, media is controlled by the regime, internet access is limited by the regime, and there is no freedom of religion. His regime operates an extensive network of prisons and labour camps; the regime convicts people for political crimes and uses collective punishment whereby members of a family get punished for the crimes of one person. On 12 June 2018, Kim and US President Donald Trump met for a summit in Singapore, the first-ever talks held between a North Korean leader and a sitting US President, to discuss the North Korean nuclear program. More Info