North Korea has upheld its founding principles of peace and self-defence in a newly released document used to commemorate the upcoming 60th anniversary of the founding of the Supreme People’s Assembly.
Despite boasting the self-defense right to operate a nuclear bomb, North Korea said its supreme leader, Kim Jong-un, has pushed for peaceful coexistence while asking the United States to drop “arrogant and imposing” demands. The document is a copy of an earlier State TV video showing Supreme People’s Assembly, or parliament, delegates at a ceremony to read the half-page platform.
Some observers said the statement is a snub to the UN security council resolution adopted in August in response to Pyongyang’s mid-range missile launch in July.
The resolution said that the September 18 founding day is a “day of commitment to the supreme interests and principles of North Korea, pledging to build a country run by socialist character based on military deterrence.”
At the event, an actor portraying Kim Jong-un told attendees that North Koreans are committed to “establish a stable, socialist, democratic and prosperous” country, which will protect its people’s rights to “live in peace.”
The view was echoed by the speaker of the standing committee of the National Defence Commission, Kim Yong-chol, who noted that on the day in 1953 the North Korean military went to work. He vowed that the North will continue to “uphold the socialist road under a socialist system of peace and self-defense as the firm commitment to the happiness of our people and building a prosperous country.”
While North Korea says its nuclear force is for self-defense, the communist regime, which is locked in an escalating standoff with Washington and Seoul, says the sanctions resolutions are a political manoeuvre designed to kill its nuclear program.
The UN security council has imposed 15 rounds of sanctions on the North after it launched missiles during the past six years. While it has halted its missile tests, the North has continued its program of uranium enrichment, though it is understood to still have a limited amount of plutonium, which can be used for nuclear weapons.
While nuclear progress remains a concern, analysts say North Korea is trying to create deterrence of the use of military force.
“If the US is stubbornly determined to move to a military confrontation, we will not necessarily defend ourselves by shooting the first shot,” the actor, Kim Jong-un, said in his address. “We will only respond with a devastating strike that the US can never imagine.”
More than a million people were expected to attend the anniversary parade, which usually takes place before it. This year’s parade is expected to take place on 18 September in Pyongyang, where the base of the North’s nuclear test site is located.