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The United Nations has scheduled a meeting of its principal security organ to consult on the growing threat of North Korean aggression and the issue of nuclear weapon development in the nation.
South Korea, the United States and Japan requested the meeting following several weeks of escalation in the East Asian region.
The U.N. Security Council added consultations regarding “non-proliferation” and “DPRK” to its schedule for Thursday, according to the international body’s website.
KIM JONG UN MOVES TO MODIFY NORTH KOREAN CONSTITUTION, WRITE IN SOUTH KOREA AS ‘NO. 1 ENEMY’
Representatives of member countries vote during the Security Council meeting at United Nations headquarters in New York City. (AP/Yuki Iwamura)
“DPRK” stands for Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the country’s official name.
The reclusive East Asian regime has become a recurring subject of international headlines following a series of military escalations and threats of nuclear weapon capabilities.
Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un announced Tuesday that he ordered the disestablishment of all diplomatic and solidarity initiatives with South Korea, accusing the country of military aggression alongside the U.S.
The U.S., Japan, and South Korea conducted possibly their largest joint naval exercise on Wednesday off Jeju island in response.
NORTH KOREA LAUNCHES SOLID-FUEL MISSILE TIPPED WITH HYPERSONIC WARHEAD, STATE MEDIA CLAIMS
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un views the launch of a Hwasong-18 intercontinental ballistic missile during what North Korea says is a drill at an unknown location December 18, 2023 in this picture released by the Korean Central News Agency. (KCNA via REUTERS)
Kim has threatened that even the slightest disregard for national boundaries was now grounds for war.
“As the southern border of our country has been clearly drawn, the illegal ‘northern limit line’ and any other boundary can never be tolerated, and if the ROK violates even 0.001 mm of our territorial land, air and waters, it will be considered a war provocation,” the dictator said.
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The three countries conducted combined naval exercises involving the American aircraft carrier in their latest show of strength against nuclear-armed North Korea, South Korea’s military said as the three countries’ senior diplomats were to meet in Seoul to discuss the deepening standoff with Pyongyang. (South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff via AP)
Last year, the North Korean government inscribed an official policy goal of increasing its nuclear capabilities into the national constitution.
The 14th Supreme People’s Assembly, the unicameral legislative body of the country, made the constitutional change in September 2023.
“The DPRK’s nuclear force-building policy has been made permanent as the basic law of the state, which no one is allowed to flout with anything,” Kim Jong Un said during the legislative session. “This is a historic event that provided a powerful political lever for remarkably strengthening the national defense capabilities.”
Timothy Nerozzi is a writer for Fox News Digital. You can follow him on Twitter @timothynerozzi and can email him at [email protected]