North Korea Defends Its Nuclear Program, Citing US "Nuclear Supremacy" Pursuit

North Korea has claimed that its ongoing nuclear program is fundamentally a self-defense strategy against the potential threat posed by the US's pursuit of "nuclear supremacy."

by Faruk Imamovic
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North Korea Defends Its Nuclear Program, Citing US "Nuclear Supremacy" Pursuit
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North Korea has claimed that its ongoing nuclear program is fundamentally a self-defense strategy against the potential threat posed by the US's pursuit of "nuclear supremacy." This assertion comes amidst growing concerns regarding North Korea's consistent missile launches, which have heightened tensions in the region.

The US's Nuclear Pursuit: A Cause for Concern?

The state-run media, KCNA, reported comments from Kim Kwang Myong, a researcher at the Foreign Ministry's Institute for Disarmament and Peace. Myong criticized the United States for fueling regional tensions with its own nuclear endeavors.

He laid the blame squarely on the US for the strategic instability that, in his view, is jeopardizing global peace. Central to his argument was the recent report from the US Strategic Posture Commission, which suggests amplifying the nation's nuclear weapons modernization program.

This is seen as a preparation for potential simultaneous confrontations with both Russia and China. To Myong, this serves as a clear and "extremely risky" indication of America's hegemonic intentions. Drawing attention to America's historical use of nuclear weapons, Kim Kwang Myong stated, "The US, the world's biggest nuclear weapons state and the world's first nuclear user which adopted the preemptive nuclear attack on other countries as its national policy, is talking about 'nuclear threat' from someone.

This is a sophism."

Tensions Rise Amidst Missile Tests and Military Hardware

Kim continued to shed light on Washington's purported plans. He emphasized that the US seeks to bolster its preemptive nuclear strike capabilities specifically against North Korea.

This includes the development of a missile defense system and the deployment of "ultra-modern military hardware" to its regional allies. Such moves have only added to the apprehensions in the Korean Peninsula. Concluding his remarks, Kim reiterated North Korea's stance, saying, "The reality urgently requires the DPRK, which is standing in confrontation with the US imperialism, the most aggressive nuclear war criminal force, to bolster up its self-defensive military capabilities for deterring a nuclear war." While the international community watches closely, the escalating rhetoric and ongoing missile tests underscore the critical need for dialogue and diplomacy.

Only through constructive engagement can both sides hope to achieve a peaceful resolution and ensure stability in the region.

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