New North Korea Law Makes Nuclear Policy ‘Irreversible’

    Photo: KCNA/Reuters [via Al Jazeera]

    The Facts

    • On Thurs., North Korea's Supreme People's Assembly passed a law allowing it to carry out a preventive nuclear strike if another country poses an imminent threat and declaring its status as a nuclear-armed state "irreversible."

    • This newly-enacted law also bans the sharing of nuclear technology with other countries.

    The Spin

    Pro-establishment narrative

    North Korea's actions pose a severe threat to the stability of the Korean Peninsula and the security of the rest of the world. The US has so far failed to negotiate an end to nuclear weapons in exchange for humanitarian assistance - it's time for some new ideas about how to resolve this threat.

    Establishment-critical narrative

    Though Kim may seem like a madman, he's simply using the only leverage he has in dealing with South Korea and the US. His nuclear ambitions are designed to seek political gains and sanctions relief after successive American administrations derailed diplomatic routes to denuclearization.

    Nerd narrative

    There's a 33% chance that a nuclear weapon will be detonated as an act of war by 2050, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

    Establishment split



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