North Korea’s first-use nuclear doctrine: Key drivers and implications
Pyongyang’s wide range of scenarios to justify use of nuclear weapons gives more room for misunderstanding and accident
North Korea revealed important new details about the multiple roles it says it has developed for its nuclear weapons, state newspaper Rodong Sinmun showed on Friday, with Kim Jong Un also stating his country would never again engage in denuclearization talks with foreign nations.
Replacing a 10-point law on the role of North Korea’s nuclear weapons from 2013, the new legislation effectively justifies the pre-emptive use of DPRK nuclear weapons in response to an extremely wide range of circumstances.
Notably, the new policy comprises five scenarios in which the DPRK would either possibly or automatically
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