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North Korea Updates Nuclear Status in Constitution

The North Korean Constitution has been updated to affirm the nation's position as a nuclear power, Voice of Russia reported on Wednesday (see GSN, May 24).

Lawmakers signed off on the move last month, according to Tyosen Tsuchin, a regime-friendly news organization that operates from Tokyo. The move falls in line with the North's efforts to be accepted globally as a nuclear power.

China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States are the states formally given that status under the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. While North Korea has an ongoing nuclear weapons program, its 2006 and 2009 underground tests are seen at best as partial successes. Pyongyang is also not known to have produced a nuclear warhead that could be fitted onto a missile.

Recent satellite images suggest the nation is preparing for its third nuclear test (Voice of Russia, May 30).

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