The United States again said it had no hostile intent towards North Korea and is willing to resume talks without preconditions.
Among the scenarios that could trigger a nuclear attack would be the threat of an imminent nuclear strike; if the country’s leadership, people or existence were under threat; or to gain the upper hand during a war.
US says it seeks diplomacy
“The United States remains focused on continuing to coordinate closely with our allies and partners to address the threats posed by DPRK,” she added.
Rob York, director for regional affairs at the Hawaii-based Pacific Forum, said spelling out the conditions for use of nuclear weapons was rare and showed how essential North Korea considered them to its survival.
North Korea could launch nuclear weapons ‘automatically’
That is an apparent reference to South Korea’s “Kill Chain” strategy, which calls for preemptively striking North Korea’s nuclear infrastructure and command system if an imminent attack is suspected.
If Kim delegates launch authority to lower commanders during a crisis, that could increase the chances of a catastrophic miscalculation, analysts said.
Russia says it is ‘closely monitoring’ activity
North Korea has rebuffed such overtures, saying that the United States and its allies maintain “hostile policies” such as sanctions and military drills that undermine messages of peace.
“We will act in accordance with the broad framework of maintaining peace and stability on the (Korean) Peninsula,” Mr Mao said.