North Korea inscribed its status as a nuclear weapon state in the foreword of its revised constitution, according to its state media yesterday, making it harder than ever for international diplomacy to get the regime back to negotiations to shut down its nuclear weapons program.
It may also end the long-running six-party talks on denuclearization of the North involving two Koreas, the U.S., China, Japan and Russia.
The revision, described by the Tokyo branch of the Korean Central News Agency, the North’s state-run media, also added to the foreword that the nuclear-weapon status was part of the legacy of the regime’s former leader Kim Jong-il.
“Our comrade Kim Jong-il ... safeguarded socialism, the honorable legacy of comrade Kim Il Sung, transformed our mother country into an undefeated, political ideology power, a nuclear state and invincible military power and has paved a glittering boulevard for the construction of a strong and prosperous country,” reads the new foreword, which was revised last month, according to the Tokyo branch of the KCNA.
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