Kim Jong Un shifts nuclear policy to allow pre-emptive strikes
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has enshrined the country’s status as a nuclear power in law and allowed the use of pre-emptive strikes, as the regime seeks to take advantage of mounting tensions between the US and Russia and China to shift policy.
朝鲜领导人金正恩(Kim Jong Un)将该国作为拥核国家的地位写入法律，并允许实施先发制人的核打击。朝鲜政权寻求利用美国与中俄之间关系日益紧张的局势来转变其核政策。
State media reported on Friday that Kim had vowed to never enter into talks on giving up his nuclear weapons after the law was passed by the country’s supreme people’s assembly the previous day.
Analysts said North Korea’s declared nuclear doctrine now allows pre-emptive strikes in a wide range of scenarios, including when the country or the government is attacked by conventional forces. The previous policy only allowed for the use of nuclear weapons in a second-strike scenario.