North Korean leader Kim Jong-un renewed the threat over the “preventive” use of his nuclear weapons to counter hostile forces, urging senior military officers on the need to “maintain absolute superiority” of the armed forces of the hermit state against the Enemy countries.
Pyongyang, Kim added in the KCNA report, must be able to “contain and frustrate in advance and complete all dangerous attempts and threatening moves, if necessary”. The country, therefore, should continue to build its arsenal so that it can have “the overwhelming military force that no force in the world can provoke”, remarked Kim, calling it “the lifeline that guarantees the security of our country” . The leader’s comments, made in a government meeting, are in continuity with the change of strategy he announced during the military parade on April 25, when he clarified that atomic deterrence was no longer sufficient, putting forward the hypothesis of using the arsenal atomic even in the case of a threat to North Korea’s “fundamental interests”. In other words, deterrence becomes modular in a war instrument by leveraging force, blackmail and coercion.