North Korea will not use their developed nuclear weapons against any other nation unless provoked, President Kim Jong-un revealed. The news was carried out by the state-controlled media outlet, Korea Central News Agency and was picked out by The Guardian.
The leader of the communist country recently delivered a speech during the 7<sup>th Congress of the Worker’s Party, where he briefly touched on the subject. The event was a gathering of a select few in the country and aimed to lay the groundwork for the future plans pf North Korea.
“It is our party’s goal to build a peaceful world free from war and it is the constant stand of our party… to struggle for regional and global peace and security,” Kim was quoted in saying.
Over the past few months, the East Asian country has been in hot water for their continued weapons development that involved a couple of missile tests. Despite numerous pleas and warnings from South Korea, the United States, and even the United Nations, they have decided to carry on a couple more launches. On top of that, they also continued to threaten the South if they would not immediately stop their ongoing military exercise with the U.S.
While Kim’s most recent statements may hint of finally being open to resolving the ongoing rift in the Korean Peninsula, analysts are looking at it in a different light.
“North Korea has recently been seeking a peace treaty to end the Korean war,” revealed Bruce Bennett, senior defense analyst at the Pardee RAND Graduate School in the U.S. “The purpose of this is to lay the groundwork for the US to withdraw from the Korean peninsula, at which point the north would be able to attack the South.”
Furthermore, Bennett also shared that Kim standing in front of the whole Congress and having to answer to them makes the young leader guarded in terms of his political hold in his country.
“Kim Jong-un says he won’t use nuclear weapons unless he is under threat, but the entire purpose of congress is to consolidate his power. He is under threat from inside now,” the international security professional added.
Other analysts, on the other hand, view the gathering, the first in almost 40 years, as the government’s way of promoting the country’s military development to the majority of North Koreans. It is viewed as the regime’s way of making up for the lack of any economic reforms since Kim assumed his position in April 2012.