France on Friday condemned North Korea’s passage of a law declaring its readiness to conduct preventive nuclear attacks as a “threat to international and regional peace and security”.
The statement by the foreign ministry came after North Korean state media reported on Friday that Pyongyang had passed a law allowing for preventive attacks – even in the face of conventional attacks. .
“This new escalation by the North Korean regime represents a threat to international and regional peace and security,” a ministry spokesman said.
France “notes with concern the increasingly aggressive statements from North Korea,” she added.
Pyongyang’s move effectively eliminates the possibility of conducting denuclearization talks, with leader Kim Jong Un saying the country’s nuclear status is now “irreversible”.
This announcement comes at a time of heightened tension between North and South.
Pyongyang has blamed Seoul for the Covid-19 outbreak on its territory and conducted a record number of weapons tests this year.
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