North Korea reaffirmed its stance as a world nuclear power despite G7 calls

North Korea reaffirmed its position as a world nuclear power despite the requests of the G7 (AP) (Uncredited /)

The regime of North Korea has redoubled the bet on his nuclear capacity. The Foreign Minister, Choe Son Huidismissed the requests of the G7 for “completely and irreversibly dismantle” its arsenal of this type of weapons and, on the contrary, reaffirmed its position as a world nuclear power.

The Group of Seven – made up of Germany, Canada, USA, France, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom– issued a joint statement at the end of their recent meeting in Karuizawa, Japan, in which they stated that Kim Jong-un must abide by the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and get rid of these weapons, as well as refrain from making new ones.

“North Korea cannot and will never obtain nuclear-weapon state status under the NPT”indicates the note in relation to the agreement implemented in 1970 and endorsed by nearly 190 nations.

However, alleging his departure from said pact more than 20 years agoSon Hui pointed against these statements, which he considered “improper”, “illegal”, “absurd” and “extremely interventionist”.

Choe Son Hui dismissed the G7 request as Pyongyang withdrew from the NPT more than 20 years ago (AP)
Choe Son Hui dismissed the G7 request given that Pyongyang withdrew from the NPT more than 20 years ago (AP) (Andy Wong /)

“The position of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) as a nuclear power is an undeniable and indisputable reality, regardless of the fact that the United States and the West do not recognize it.for a hundred or a thousand years”, replied the chancellor and assured that “We will never seek recognition or approval from anyone given that we are satisfied with our access to force for an exchange of blows”.

On the contrary – he affirmed – his country will continue with its policy of “strengthening its military self-defense capabilities”with the purpose of deter the “threat” that Washington It represents.

In this regard, the Minister explained that the development of a North Korean nuclear program constitutes neither more nor less than a “just exercise of his sovereignty” in response to the “environment of shaky security caused by the reckless and provocative military maneuvers” in the region.

Son Hui also took aim at the United States and warned that “Your security can only be guaranteed when you completely eliminate your hostile policy towards the DPRK”while referring to the G7 as “a selfish handful of countries that do not represent the international community and that serve as a political tool to ensure US hegemony.”

Pyongyang assures that its launches are a
Pyongyang assures that its launches are a “fair exercise of its sovereignty” in the face of US and allied maneuvers (REUTERS) (KCNA KCNA /)

“It is anachronistic to think that the right and ability to carry out a nuclear attack is exclusive to Washington”he concluded.

The North Korean foreign minister’s statements came amid increasingly frequent missile tests, nuclear submarine drones and even a spy satelliteall signs of a strengthening of the regime’s arms, which has shown that its pulse does not tremble when it comes to pressing the red button.

Missile tests have increased significantly in the past year compared to the past. According to data from defense ministries of Japan and South Koreawere accounted for almost 90 of these releases in 2022against the 10 of 2021 and the twenty of 2019. However, if one considers the beginning of the last decade, the 10 tests were not reached and, even, there were years without actions of this type.

In any case, it is not only the quantity but the quality that matters. Based on the launches already carried out, North Korea would have in its possession an intercontinental ballistic missile with a short-range trajectory and a high angle -model hwasong-17– who has the ability to carry three or four nuclear warheads and a range of 15,000 kilometers, which would allow get to the United Statessame as him hwasong-15.

Kim Jong-un's regime has several models of Hwasong missiles with which it can transport nuclear warheads and reach the United States (REUTERS)
Kim Jong-un’s regime has several models of Hwasong missiles with which it can transport nuclear warheads and reach the United States (REUTERS) (KCNA /)

On the other hand, with the hwasong-12intermediate range, and the hwasong-14could reach the US island of Guam and the city of NY. Everything suggests that it is, then, a gun show targeting Joe Biden.

Added to this, weeks ago, satellite images taken by US experts managed to break Pyongyang’s secrecy and revealed that the country has a nuclear complex in which a high level of activity is registered.

The photos revealed by the group 38 north they exposed that the 5 MW experimental light water reactorlocated in Yongbyonwas already “close to completion” and go to “be operational”. Also, it was detected new construction in the vicinity of the uranium enrichment plantpossibly with the aim of expanding its capacity.

US experts detected high levels of activity at a North Korean nuclear complex
The images revealed by the group 38 North

“These developments appear to reflect Kim Jong-un’s recent directive to increase production of fissile material to expand its arsenal of nuclear weapons,” added the report dating from mid-March.

The international community has spoken out on multiple occasions against these actions of the regime that “violate the resolutions of the Security Council of the United Nations and cause a rise in destabilizing rhetoric regarding nuclear weapons, while undermining regional stability and posing a serious threat to international peace”, and have even sanctioned Pyongyang for the record 2022 missile tests.

However, none of this seems to affect the dictator who has incorporated the launch of missiles as an essential part of his routine.

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