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North Korea Declares Itself A Nuclear Weapons State

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  • North Korea has passed a law declaring itself to be a nuclear weapons state, according to state news agency KCNA.
  • The country’s leader Kim Jong-un called the decision “irreversible” and ruled out the possibility of any talks on denuclearization.
  • The law also enshrines the country’s right to use a pre-emptive nuclear strike to protect itself.
  • Despite crippling sanctions, Pyongyang has conducted six nuclear tests between 2006 and 2017.

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