North Korea parliament amends constitution to enshrine nuclear policy -KCNA

FILE PHOTO: North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un acknowledges the applause of deputies in the Supreme People's Assembly, North Korea's parliament, which passed a law officially enshrining its nuclear weapons policies, in Pyongyang, North Korea, September 8, 2022 in this photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). KCNA via REUTERS/File Photo

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea's rubber-stamp parliament has adopted an amendment to the constitution to formulate the country's policy on nuclear force, state media KCNA reported on Thursday.

The Supreme People's Assembly unanimously adopted "the crucial agenda item for formulating the DPRK's policy on the nuclear force as the basic law of the state," KCNA said. DPRK is the initials of the North's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Addressing the parliament, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said it is "very important" to "accelerate the modernization of nuclear weapons in order to hold the definite edge of strategic deterrence," KCNA said.

(Reporting by Soo-hyang Choi; Editing by Ed Davies)

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