North Korea nuclear stance a threat to peace: France

The foreign ministry statement comes after North Korea said Pyongyang had passed a law allowing for preventive strikes



People gather to enjoy the celebrations marking the nation's 74th anniversary in Pyongyang, North Korea. — AP
People gather to enjoy the celebrations marking the nation's 74th anniversary in Pyongyang, North Korea. — AP

By AFP

Published: Sat 10 Sep 2022, 12:53 AM

France on Friday condemned the adoption by North Korea of a law declaring its readiness to launch preventive nuclear strikes as a “threat to international and regional peace and security”.

The foreign ministry statement came after North Korean state media reported earlier on Friday that Pyongyang had passed a law allowing for preventive strikes — including in the face of conventional attacks.

“This new escalation on the part of the North Korean authorities represents a threat to international and regional peace and security,” said a ministry spokeswoman.

France “notes with great concern the increasingly aggressive declarations from North Korea”, she added.

The move by Pyongyang effectively eliminates the possibility of denuclearisation talks, leader Kim Jong Un having said that the country’s status as a nuclear state is now “irreversible”.

The announcement comes at a time of heightened tension between North and South.

Pyongyang has blamed Seoul for the outbreak of Covid-19 in its territory and conducted a record number of weapons tests this year.


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