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North Korea has instituted a new law that vows to launch a nuclear attack if Kim Jong Un is incapacitated or killed in a strike.

The laws text says, “In case the command and control system over the state nuclear forces is placed in danger owing to an attack by hostile forces, a nuclear strike shall be launched automatically and immediately to destroy the hostile forces including the starting point of provocation and the command according to the operation plan decided in advance.”

The new law also allows for preemptive nuclear strikes if North Korea concludes that foreign weapons will soon hit strategic targets in the country.

Ankit Panda, a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, said “The new law underscores the dangers of the U.S. and South Korea focusing on leadership decapitation strategies. It was quite predictable that the North Koreans would go down the path of threatening automatic retaliation if Kim is killed.”

This comes as Kim Jong Un vowed never to give up his country’s nuclear program, saying “North Korea will never give up nuclear weapons and there is absolutely no denuclearization, and no negotiation and no bargaining chip to trade in the process.”


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