May 29, 2024

Anti-South Korea policy change secures ‘lawful’ basis to attack: Kim Jong Un

North Korean leader shares interpretation in a speech at defense ministry to mark army holiday

North Korea has secured the "lawful" right to "annihilate" South Korea if provoked by recently redefining its policy toward Seoul, leader Kim Jong Un said to the country's military in a visit to the defense ministry headquarters Thursday, according to state media.

Pyongyang "secured the lawfulness of attacking and annihilating [South Korea] at any time after having set the foundation of clearly defining them by law as a hostile country," Kim said.

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