For decades now, North Korea has been one of the most belligerent and bellicose nations on the planet, constantly attempting to make a name for themselves via threats, missile tests, and all manner of other incendiary rhetoric.
This is essentially all that North Korea has to offer, however. The highly impoverished country has largely been cruel to its people, who live in near-starvation at almost all times thanks to heavy sanctions placed on the regime by a global community that’s sick and tired of dealing with Kim Jong Un and his dynastic power structure.
Now, in yet another example of the DPRK’s ridiculous threats, the nation is threatening to start a nuclear war if the aforementioned Kim is assassinated.
North Korea has adopted a new doctrine that would see the country “automatically and immediately” use nuclear weapons in the event it felt that its Chairman Kim Jong Un had died as the result of assassination.
The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) adopted its new “Policy on Nuclear Forces” on Thursday. The new nuclear posture addressed a number of situations, but the most concerning one for international officials focused on what would happen in the event that “command and control” over the nuclear force were in danger because of an “attack.”
The language of the resolution was clear.
“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 policy said, according KCNA Watch.Advertisement - story continues below
The policy also applied to “a nuclear or non-nuclear attack … on state leadership” and “important strategic objects of the state.”
The threats come at a time in which North Korea is also selling munitions to Russia for use in Ukraine, leading some to wonder if a new authoritarian alliance is forming in the Eastern hemisphere.