Pyongyang pivots, proposes reconciliation with “hostile” states

Recently promoted to Chairman of the Korean Workers’ Party, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has announced a desire to restore normal relations with nations which have proved “hostile” to Pyongyang in the past.

Similarly, Kim announced a “no-first-strike” policy, which would preclude the hermit state’s first use of nuclear devices unless its sovereignty is infringed upon.

Vowing to ameliorate relations with past friends and foes, Kim assured the world Pyongyang would appropriate a “no-first-strike” line during a session of the Congress of the Workers’ Party.

“(Pyongyang) will improve and normalize the relations with those countries which respect the sovereignty of the DPRK and are friendly towards it, though they had been hostile toward it in the past,” 

“As a responsible nuclear weapons state, our Republic will not use a nuclear weapon unless its sovereignty is encroached upon by any aggressive hostile forces with nukes,” Kim stated.

Kim’s address comes in the wake of a series of ballistic missile tests, one possible nuclear test among them, and an aggressive stance toward joint South Korean-United States military exercises conducted in March.

Operations Key Resolve and Foal Eagle, conducted in March and April 2016, were the largest military exercises coordinated since 2010 and included over 300,000 troops.

Pyongyang has faced sanctions of late over its nuclear program and missile tests.  A January nuclear test, its fourth, followed by a February ballistic-missile test, were met with UN sanctions banning the weapons trade, sanctioning North Korean nationals and required the inspection of goods traveling to and from North Korea.

 

[RT News] [Photo courtesy www.nu.nl]