published : 2023-09-28

North Korea Officially Adds 'Nuclear Force-Building' Mission to Constitution

Kim Jong Un Solidifies Dedication to Nuclear Capabilities in Response to Trilateral Cooperation

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un addressing the 14th Supreme People's Assembly session. Photo taken with Canon EOS 5D Mark IV.

The North Korean government has taken a historic step by amending its national constitution to include the policy of growing its nuclear capabilities.

This constitutional change was made by the 14th Supreme People's Assembly, the country's highest legislative body, during a session on Wednesday.

During the session, Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un declared that the nuclear force-building policy has become an irrevocable law no one can disregard.

Kim Jong Un emphasized the significance of this momentous occasion, stating that it provides a strong political lever to enhance their national defense capabilities.

Tractors towing weapons during the paramilitary parade ceremony marking North Korea's 75th founding anniversary. Photo taken with Nikon D850.

The Supreme People's Assembly, although considered the highest governing body in North Korea, has primarily served as a formality over the years, merely approving the policies dictated by the Kim family dynasty.

Despite this, the amendment to prioritize nuclear development received unanimous support from the assembly.

According to Kim Jong Un, this constitutional enshrinement is a response to trilateral cooperation between the United States, Japan, and South Korea.

He accused the United States of conducting large-scale nuclear war joint drills and maintaining permanent strategic nuclear assets near the Korean peninsula, which he views as posing a clear aggressive threat.

Kim Jong Un with his daughter attending a paramilitary parade ceremony in Pyongyang. Photo taken with Sony Alpha a7 III.

North Korea is positioning itself as an ally to Russia, the People's Republic of China, and other nations in the face of American influence in East Asia.

Recent diplomatic efforts from Russia and China indicate their growing engagements with the isolated nation. Kim Jong Un himself made a rare visit to Russia earlier this month.

This move by North Korea sends a message that they are actively seeking to align themselves with countries that share their interests.

As the global community continues to monitor these developments, it remains to be seen how this constitutional amendment will shape the future of the Korean peninsula.